What you must know about wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth can be defined as the third and last molars on either side of your upper and lower jaws. They are the last set of teeth to erupt and this generally happens during the late teens or early twenties. However, many face problems with these. The reason is that in many cases, there is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate them besides other. Every year, around10 million wisdom teeth are removed or extracted the U.S.
Main causes for removal
If wisdom teeth do not emerge fully, it’s better to get them removed. If ignored, problems with your wisdom teeth can create sinus pain, pressure, and congestion. Dentists remove them for reasons such as being impacted which means that your teeth are unable to break through the jaw and into the mouth, teeth growing at an angle and so on. Other reasons include infection and cavities, bone loss around the roots of your teeth, lesions, damage to teeth nearby and lack of space to brush and floss around the tooth. Sometimes, dentists remove wisdom teeth if they foresee future problems.
Future problems that may occur
Sometimes, even before the tooth erupts, there is the possibility that the sack of tissue around it may grow into a cyst and this can cause bone loss in your jaw. In case, the tooth is positioned on its side under your gum, this may destroy nearby teeth by eating away the roots. Bacteria and plaque may build up around a tooth that has erupted only half-way through.
The dentist will tale an X-ray to look at the tooth and see if it needs to be removed. In case it does, this will be performed by using a local anesthetic that numbs the gums. Post, extraction, there might be pain and swelling for a few days.