You or someone you know has probably had their wisdom teeth removed. But how essential is wisdom teeth removal? Here, we will explain what wisdom teeth are, why they need to be removed, and what happens during the removal procedure.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that are located on each side of your mouth, both in the upper and lower jaws. They are also the last teeth to erupt from the gums and often come in during the late teens or early twenties. There are a number of ways they can erupt and come in, most of which can be damaging to your oral health and this is why they often need to be removed.
How Essential Is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
As mentioned above, wisdom teeth come in a number of different ways that can harm your dental health. Your wisdom teeth can be misaligned, positioned horizontally, angled outward or inward, or be angled away from or toward the molar next to it. If your wisdom teeth are aligned poorly, they can crowd and damage nearby teeth, nerves, or even the jawbone.
Worse than misaligned, your wisdom teeth can also be impacted. This means that they are trapped beneath the soft tissue of the gums or the jawbone and may only partially break through or get stuck underneath. When your wisdom teeth have partially erupted, this creates an opening for bacteria to attack, leading to infections that can cause swelling, pain, jaw stiffness, and general poor health overall. If they’re misaligned or partially impacted, this can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease because when the teeth aren’t in the right position, it’s hard to floss between the teeth and bacteria can attack the enamel.
What Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Entail?
If your wisdom teeth have fully erupted, they can be removed as easily as any other teeth. However, if your wisdom teeth are partially or fully impacted, they are harder to extract and therefore require an incision into the gums and perhaps even removal of a part of the bone that rests over the tooth. During the wisdom teeth extraction process, your teeth will be numbed so you won’t be able to feel a thing, and your dentist will explain every step to you so you won’t be nervous.
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