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Wisdom Teeth
Created by udent on 2/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

Problems with wisdom teeth develop gradually and symptoms may not be present, the best way to prevent trouble is to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, x-rays and consultation.


What are the problems with wisdom teeth?

 Infected gums: When the tooth has erupted partially through the gum, bacteria can enter through the opening or the pocket around the tooth and cause the gum to become infected causing pain . This uncomfortable condition is best avoided and treated is by having the wisdom teeth removed.

Decay: Partially-erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to clean, plaque containing bacteria may form on the surface causing cavities in the wisdom tooth and the adjacent tooth. 

Crowding: Pressure from wisdom teeth might cause crowding and teeth might loose it's proper position in the mouth. Then cleaning becomes more difficult and teeth may wear unevenly or permanently with structural damage as result.

Other problems: Impacted wisdom teeth might form a cyst that is capable of damaging adjacent teeth, the jawbone and nerves. Wisdom teeth could be the cause for unknown headaches.

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Problems with wisdom teeth develop gradually and symptoms may not be present, the best way to prevent trouble is to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, x-rays and consultation.

When is the best time to remove wisdom teeth?

 The best time is before the roots have been fully developed and that is between 16 and 20 years of age. Removal of wisdom teeth at that age decrease the risk of damaging the nerve in that area.





What are the risks in having the wisdom teeth removed?

Dry socket: After your wisdom teeth are removed, a blood clot forms to cover the socket as part of the normal healing process. If the blood clot dissolves or is washed away, you will probably experience the steady, throbbing pain of a dry socket. If this should occur, call your dentist immediately to get proper treatment. Generally, a dry socket dressing will be placed in the area.

Numbness: Nerves near your wisdom teeth are sometimes injured when the tooth is removed, causing numbness that might stay for few days, months, or life time. In most cases the numbness will disappear gradually.

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