Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth may need to be extracted if they affect other teeth – often referred to as "coming in sideways" or "impacted wisdom teeth".
Wisdom teeth begin to appear in adults in their late teens and early twenties and sometimes even in their thirties. In most people the wisdom teeth grow normally without causing any problems. However in some people the wisdom teeth grow abnormally causing pain and discomfort. This could happen because of a lack of space in the mouth, resulting in the wisdom tooth pushing into the teeth around it and causing pain. Misaligned wisdom teeth can not only damage the alignment of the surrounding teeth but also result in damaging the jaw and the associated nerves.
It is more likely that people have 28 teeth before their wisdom teeth begin to erupt. So when the wisdom teeth do erupt, there may not be enough space in the jaw for all 32 teeth. Due to this lack of space a wisdom tooth may not erupt fully. Such a case is called an 'Impacted Wisdom Tooth', causing pain and in some cases an infection. Removing the wisdom teeth can prevent impaction and overcrowding in your jaw.
Some of the problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth include: bacteria and plaque build-up, development of cysts, development of tumors, infection and jaw & gum disease. In most cases your dentist will recommend a wisdom tooth extraction, which is the easiest and quickest way to relieve you of the pain.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please make an appointment as soon as possible:
- Intense pain & soreness in the mouth (possibly radiating to the ear/throat)
- Swelling of the gum line in the back of the mouth
- Infection in the mouth
- Facial swelling