Wisdom teeth removal is ideal to help maintain optimal oral health
Wisdom teeth, known also as third molars, are the very back teeth on either side of the upper and lower jaws. They are the last teeth to erupt and are usually noticed between the ages of 17 and 25 years.
Often fully erupted wisdom teeth can be removed simply and easily. However, if the wisdom teeth are impacted, it may require surgery. The term “impacted” wisdom teeth is used when they are entrapped completely within the soft tissue or the bone or only partially break through the gum.
Why is wisdom teeth extraction necessary?
Simply put, there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth because our jaws don’t grow to be big enough to have enough space for them to come in. Since there isn’t enough room for them to erupt properly, wisdom teeth tend to erupt at an angle. Or they don’t fully emerge, which causes problems for the rest of the mouth. The wisdom teeth routinely damage the teeth right next door, the second molars. Dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth before they become a problem and to avoid a more complicated surgery.
The reason we remove wisdom teeth is to prevent them from damaging other healthy teeth. When wisdom teeth erupt sideways, it throws off your bite, creates an area where food gets caught and decays surrounding teeth, and can cause painful infections. So, if you skip the surgery today, it’s likely to cause complications and issues down later.
Wisdom teeth extraction from Beenleigh Marketplace Dental
Our dentist may recommend your wisdom teeth be extracted even before problems develop. This is to avoid a more painful or more complicated extraction that might have to be done a few years later. Removal is easier in young people, when the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. In older people, recovery and healing time tend to be longer.
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