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WISDOM TOOTH OPERATION

What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third permanent molars and are the last teeth to develop. They usually erupt or come into the mouth in our late teens and early twenties. In most cases, the tooth-bearing area of the upper and lower jaws are too small to accommodate these wisdom teeth and they remain buried within bone. These wisdom teeth are termed “impacted”.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed ?
Wisdom teeth generally cause problems when they erupt partially through the gum. The most common reasons for removing them are:

1. Decay
Saliva, bacteria and food particles can collect around an impacted wisdom tooth, causing it, or the next tooth to decay. It is very difficult to remove such decay. Pain and infection will usually follow.

2. Gum Infection (Pericoronitis)
When a wisdom tooth is partially erupted, food and bacteria collect under the gum causing a local infection. This may result in bad breath, pain, swelling and trismus (inability to open the mouth fully). The infection can spread to involve the cheek and neck. Once the initial episode occurs, each subsequent attacks becomes more frequent and more severe.

3. Pressure Pain
Pain may also come from the pressure of the erupting wisdom tooth against other teeth. In some cases this pressure may cause the erosion of these teeth.

4. Orthodontic Reasons
Many younger patients have had prolonged orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth. Wisdom teeth may cause movement of teeth (particularly the front teeth) when they try to erupt and this will compromise the orthodontic result.

5. Prosthetic Reasons
Patients who are to have dentures constructed should have any wisdom tooth removed. If a wisdom tooth erupts beneath a denture it will cause severe irritation and if removed, the patient will need to have a new denture constructed as the shape of the gums will have changed.

 
 

Impacted wisdom teeth are almost certain to cause problems if left in place. This is particularly true of the lower wisdom teeth. Such problems may occur suddenly, and often at the most inconvenient times.

6. Cyst Formation
A cyst (fluid filled sac) can develop from the soft tissue around an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts cause bone destruction, jaw expansion and displacement or damage to nearby teeth. The removal of the tooth and cyst is necessary to prevent further bone loss. Rarely, tumors may develop within these cysts or the jaw may fracture spontaneously if the cyst grows very large.

7. Travel to Inaccessible Places
If you are going to an area where specialist dental services are not available and your wisdom teeth are impacted, it may be advisable to have them removed beforehand.

When is the best time to have my wisdom teeth removed?
It is now recommended by specialists that impacted wisdom teeth be removed between the ages of 14 and 22 years whether they are causing problems or not. The procedure is technically easier and patients recover much more quickly when they are younger.

We invite you to schedule a consult with our in-office visiting Implant and Oral-Maxillofacial Specialist on a Tuesday afternoon.



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