Wisdom Teeth: What you Need to Know?

Wisdom Teeth: What you Need to Know?

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the final set of molars that usually show up between the ages of 17 and 25 in most people. Human ancestors used wisdom teeth to chew plants. A theory suggests that they used to have more teeth for the same purpose. Slowly, smaller jaws evolved, but wisdom teeth remained in the mouth.

Are they impacted?

A tooth is said to be impacted if it does not show up or partially shows up through the gums when expected. Wisdom teeth are most common to be impacted because they are last to emerge. They may get impacted due to their improper positioning in the jaw, or tilting to one side of the jaw. They may also get impacted due to a lack of space in the jaw which hinders them from emerging.

An impacted wisdom tooth can give you a painful experience especially when it tries to emerge through the gums. When this happens, the gums may swell and may cause pain which may spread to nearby teeth. Food particles get stuck in impacted teeth, which may cause an infection called pericoronitis.

What about extraction options?

If your wisdom teeth are healthy, completely grown, and positioned correctly, then there is no need to remove them. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth and it is causing issues such as pain while chewing, swelling of the gum, bad breath, and trouble in opening the jaw, then the best treatment will be to extract it.

If there is little pain, you may not require immediate extraction, but in the future you will. Extraction of an impacted tooth happens in the dentist’s clinic using a local anesthetic. Depending on the position of the tooth and its depth within the gums, it takes around 5 to 30 minutes to extract an impacted tooth. To prevent any future problems, the dentist may suggest removing all wisdom teeth. Post surgery effects include swelling of the jaw, and difficulty in eating food.

It is a good option to remove your wisdom teeth before you turn 21. The surgery is less complicated if it is done before 21, sometimes as early as 16. Also, after the surgery surrounding region, tissues and bones heal better. It isn’t always clear whether you should remove the wisdom teeth or not. You should first talk to your Medicaid Dentist 87107 to know what’s the best option for you.

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