Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 6:36 pm

Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars located at the very back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth generally grow in between the ages of 17 and 21, which is why they’re called “wisdom” teeth. At that age, young people are inclined to have gained some wisdom. Wisdom teeth can cause a plethora of oral health problems, but how and why should you have your wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth can begin causing oral health problems as young as 15 and as late at 25 years old. It is recommended to have them removed while younger because bone tissues are softer and complications from extraction are lower. Here are a few frequently asked questions concerning wisdom teeth.

Do I have to have my wisdom teeth taken out? In the past, wisdom teeth– much like the appendix– were removed preemptively before they could cause any other health problems. Currently, many dentists are more conservative about wisdom teeth extractions and may only recommend they are removed when they have begun to cause secondary oral problems, or if x-rays have shown that they will cause a problem when they begin to grow in.

What are some signs that I will need to have my wisdom teeth removed? Wisdom teeth can cause pain or stiffness in the jaw when they become impacted. Other symptoms include infection, crowding of other teeth, tooth decay and gum disease. Because wisdom teeth are located so far in the back of the mouth they are often difficult to brush effectively and subsequently decay.

What does it mean when wisdom teeth are “impacted”? Wisdom teeth are considered impacted when they try to grow in but are trapped in the jaw because there isn’t enough space for them in the mouth, this is a very common issue.

How are wisdom teeth removed? Wisdom teeth extraction is an oral surgery performed on an out-patient basis under one of three types of anesthesia. Patients may either receive a local anesthetic in the form of injection into the mouth to block the nerves that transmit pain, sedation (used in combination with a local anesthetic) by inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or general anesthesia which is administered intravenously. General anesthesia is often reserved for patients who are removing all 4 wisdom teeth at one time.

Oral Surgery in Toccoa

If you would like to learn more about oral surgery or any other dental treatments, contact Wilbanks Smile Center today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.



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Category: Decay, Dental Health, orthodontics, Wisdom Teeth

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