The last set of molars, the third molars, usually come in between the ages of 17 and 21. Because they make their appearance at a more mature age, these teeth are often referred to as the wisdom teeth. Tooth removal is often discussed in conjunction with the mention of wisdom teeth. This is because there is normally not enough room in the mouth at that time to accommodate new teeth, and not removing them can have serious consequence for oral health. Schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon in 77479 today.
Often, wisdom teeth do not emerge properly (are impacted), meaning they come in at the wrong angle or not all the way through. This can have an effect on neighboring teeth, crowding them and even damaging them. If teeth are not in the right position, they can be difficult to clean, so food and bacteria can be left lodged in between teeth, possibly leading to cavities or gum disease. Additionally, not removing impacted teeth or teeth that haven’t even erupted can lead to the development of cysts or cause the epithelial lining to become cancerous.
Wisdom teeth are normally removed in one of two ways. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that has fully erupted. The tooth is loosened using a tool called an elevator and lifted out with forceps. If the tooth has not fully erupted, the dentist will need to make an incision into the gum line to access it. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth as well as the tooth itself. The tooth may also be broken up in order to be extracted. The extraction site(s) will require special care in the following months as the gums heal. Special instructions will be provided on do’s and don’ts for after a wisdom tooth extraction.
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