Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth or third molars typically emerge in the mouth between the ages of 16-21 years old. unfortunately, not everyone's jaw can accommodate the full eruption of these teeth. Due to their location at the back of the mouth, most patients find it challenging to maintain proper oral hygiene for their wisdom teeth.

This lack of cleanliness can lead to cavities and infections. Moreover, partially erupted wisdom teeth (when only part of the tooth is poking through the gums) are even more susceptible to infections.

To assess the wisdom teeth fully, we use a special x-ray known as a Panoramic Radiograph to visualize the complete root structure. Based on the findings, a decision is made and discussed with the patient regarding whether the wisdom teeth should be removed or not. Ideally, wisdom teeth are removed at a younger age when their roots are not fully developed, and the bone surrounding them is less dense.

Reasons for wisdom teeth removal:

  • Lack of space in the jaw for proper eruption
  • Impacted wisdom teeth causing pain or discomfort
  • Risk of damage to adjacent teeth
  • Difficulty in cleaning and maintaining oral hygiene
  • Development of cysts or infections around the wisdom teeth
  • Alignment issues or crowding of existing teeth
  • Recommendation by the dentist