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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth .This generally occurs between ages of 17 and 25 a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom”

Anthropologist note that the rough diet of early humans resulted in the excessive wear of their teeth. Normal drifting of the teeth to compensate for this wear ensured that space was available for most wisdom teeth to erupt by adolescence. The modern diet, which is much softer, commonly doesn't leave room for wisdom teeth to erupt , thereby setting the stage for problems when the final four molars enter the mouth.

 

What is an impacted tooth?

A tooth becomes impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch and its growth and eruption are prevented by overlaying gum , bone or another tooth.

 

How serious is an impacted tooth?

Impacted teeth can be painful and lead to infection. They may also crowd or damage adjacent teeth or roots. More serious problems may occur if the sac surrounding the impacted tooth becomes filled with fluid and enlarges to from the cyst. As the cyst grows, it may hollow out the jaw and permanently damage adjacent teeth, the surrounding bone and nerves. Rarely, if the cyst is not treated, a tumor may develop from its walls and more serious surgical procedure and may be required to remove it.

 

The tooth must be removed if it hasn't caused any problems?

Not all problems related to third molars are painful or visible. Damage can occur without you being aware of It.

As wisdom teeth grow, their roots become longer, the teeth become more difficult to remove and complications become more likely to cause problems as patients’ age.

No one can predict when third molar complications become more likely, in addition, impacted wisdom teeth are more likely to cause problems as patients age.

No one can predict when third molar complications will occur, but when they do, the circumstances can be much more painful and the teeth more difficult to treat. It is estimated that about 85% of third molars will eventually need to be removed.

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