The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop inside the mouth. Called “wisdom teeth” because of their late development, these teeth typically come in between the ages of 15 and 25. While not everyone grows wisdom teeth, the majority of people do. Because of limited space within the mouth, these teeth do not usually have the room that they need; thus, they can wreak havoc upon the mouth.
Common issues caused by the wisdom teeth are:
- Overcrowding: when the mouth does not have room for the wisdom teeth, these teeth will apply a great deal of pressure against the established teeth and push them out of position. This is especially burdensome to those who have already gone through successful orthodontic treatment.
- Gum infection: impacted wisdom teeth occur when they come in sideways and do not break through the gum line. These teeth will cause severe infection in the gums, which can quickly spread throughout the mouth.
- Jaw pain and jaw damage: pressure applied to the jaw bone will become quite painful and will cause damage to the jaw bone over time if the wisdom teeth are not removed.
- Constant headaches: again caused by pressure, continual pressure on any part of the facial cavity can cause headaches to occur regularly and have a negative impact on one’s daily life.
X-rays allow dentists to identify the wisdom teeth and watch their progression. Dentists worldwide agree that the early removal of wisdom teeth is the best strategy. This preventative measure protects the mouth from damage before emergency extraction becomes necessary. Wisdom teeth removal is an out-patient surgical procedure that requires very little recovery time. By careful administration of post-operative instructions, patients generally recover in less than a week’s time.
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