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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The extraction of wisdom teeth is a common dental surgery treatment that involves the removal of one or more wisdom teeth, which are the four permanent adult teeth positioned at the top and bottom corners of your mouth. You'll probably need to have wisdom teeth pulled if it doesn't have enough room to grow (affected wisdom tooth), causing discomfort, infection, or other dental issues. The extraction of wisdom teeth can be done by a dentist or an orthodontist

What are wisdom teeth and why must many people have their wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth -- usually appearing behind the upper and lower second (or 12-year) molars. They are called "wisdom teeth" because they usually appear during a person's late teens or early twenties (which has historically been called the "age of wisdom").

Many times the jaws of humans are not normally large enough to accommodate the four wisdom teeth. This is why wisdom teeth can cause more problems than any other teeth in the mouth. In fact, for nine out of ten people, at least one wisdom tooth remains underneath the gum due to lack of space in the mouth.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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1Do I have to extract my wisdom tooth?
No. In fact, wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned.
2What are impacted wisdom teeth?
When a wisdom tooth remains underneath the gum, or when it is blocked from erupting or coming into the mouth normally, it is termed "impacted." The tooth may be partially impacted, meaning it grows in crooked and breaks through the gum only partially; or, it may fail to break through at all, thus remaining totally impacted.
3What types of problems can develop from impacted wisdom teeth?
Serious problems can develop from partially impacted teeth, such as pain, infection, and crowding of, or even damage to, adjacent teeth. For totally impacted teeth, more serious problems can occur if the sac that surrounds the impacted tooth fills with fluid and enlarges to form a cyst. This enlargement can hollow out the jaw and result in permanent damage to the adjacent teeth, jawbone, and nerves. If the cyst is not treated, a tumor may develop from the walls of the cyst and a more involved surgical procedure may be required for removal.
4Will I always experience symptoms if I have a problem with my wisdom teeth?
No. Many problems with wisdom teeth can occur with few or no symptoms. Consequently, there can be damage without your knowing it. It is important to know that as wisdom teeth develop, their roots become longer and the jawbone more dense.
5Why is it a good idea to have wisdom teeth removed early?
Because of the problems mentioned above, as a person grows older, it becomes more difficult to remove wisdom teeth and complications can become more frequent and severe. As a person ages, there is an increased chance of the above symptoms occurring. For these reasons, the surgeon may recommend the removal of wisdom teeth even if they are not yet causing obvious problems.
6Is wisdom tooth extraction painful?
Dentistry is more sensitive than ever before, and we value your comfort. We employ instruments and techniques that efficiently alleviate as much pain as possible, allowing us to work swiftly, precisely, and with minimal stress to encourage rapid healing. We'll provide you aftercare recommendations to keep you comfortable and help you recuperate quickly.
7How long does it take to recover from wisdom tooth extraction?
After your wisdom teeth are removed, you should plan three or four days of rest or light duty. Resting will help you heal and reduce your chance of problems. It will take around two weeks for you to fully heal, but you should only experience little discomfort during that time.

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