Wisdom teeth are normally the last teeth to appear and are situated towards the back of your other teeth. There can be up to 4 wisdom teeth that can develop and present themselves. Not all wisdom teeth erupt or come in for all patients. Some wisdom teeth fail to fully move into position and others can cause problems when they move into or under existing teeth. Most people have their wisdom teeth appear from the ages of 17 to 26 years of age. Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars and can be functioning teeth if not impacted and are accessible for routine flossing and brushing.
Sometimes there is not enough space for the wisdom tooth to fully erupt and the tooth becomes trapped or impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can create swelling and cuts in the gums around the tooth and disturb existing surrounding teeth. If an impacted tooth is identified to be removed, then a dental surgery to remove the wisdom tooth may be recommended. Most impacted molars do not correct themselves over time and dental surgery may be the best course of action.
A 3-D X-ray is used to identify incoming wisdom teeth and if they are presenting a problem to the surrounding molar teeth. If a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted or is currently coming in with adequate space can be determined by examination of the x-rays.
Wisdom tooth extractions are done in a dental office and are performed by a dentist or oral surgeon. Depending on the location and condition of the wisdom tooth with determine the type of anesthesia used during the procedure. Wisdom tooth removal is similar to other extractions but may have more difficulties depending on the location of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. Stitches or gauze are normally applied after the procedure and healing time may vary depending on the difficulty of the extraction.
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