Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that appear last at the back of your mouth. They normally appear between the age group of 17-25, although they may appear years later as well.
With recent evolutionary developments, people often have smaller jaws and thus, can no longer accommodate more than 28 teeth. Wisdom Teeth can be spotted in X-rays from the early teen age. A dental X-ray can be taken to predict if the wisdom teeth needs to be extracted or will be able to erupt without causing any problems.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal
It is not at all necessary to remove your wisdom teeth if they are properly aligned. However, it is advised to remove.
- If these teeth are misaligned and possess threat to adjacent molars, bone structure or nerves
- If these teeth cause crowding in your mouth
- If they don’t erupt in useful position because of less space in the mouth and cause pain and discomfort
- If they are decayed- Wisdom Teeth often get decayed as it is difficult to clean them thoroughly as other teeth
- If they are painful and discomforting
How are Wisdom Teeth removed?
These teeth can often be removed without any problem or loss of chewing efficiency. Sometimes a minor dental surgery is involved to remove a wisdom teeth, in this procedure the tooth and even a small portion of bone may have to be cut to safely remove the tooth without causing any damage.