Your wisdom teeth are the four teeth located right at the back of your mouth. You may need your wisdom teeth removed if they’re causing problems.
When you’re a young adult, the last four permanent teeth to appear in your mouth are the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. But rather than giving us the wisdom we would like, they often become problematic – even for those of us who have the best oral health. When wisdom teeth problems arise, dentists often recommend removing them, and there are a few reasons this may be the smartest thing to do.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth could be as useful as any of your other teeth, but because they are in the very back of the mouth, they often don’t have enough room to grow in. It’s not unusual for wisdom teeth to be positioned crooked or sideways in the jaw, keeping them from erupting into the mouth properly.
Why Remove Them?
There are four unhealthy circumstances that might prompt your dentist to recommend removing your impacted wisdom teeth:
- Healthy teeth can be damaged as impacted wisdom teeth push against your neighboring second molars.
- Impacted wisdom teeth often become decayed or infected because they’re hard to reach with your toothbrush.
- Bacteria around the impacted tooth can lead to gum disease and enter your bloodstream, adversely affecting your heart and other organs of your body.
- Fluid-filled cysts or tumors occasionally form around the bottom of an impacted wisdom tooth, causing damage to the jawbone, nerves in the area and nearby teeth.
If the impacted tooth is completely embedded in the jaw bone, or if the partially erupted wisdom tooth has no discomfort and doesn’t cause any problem to adjacent tissues, it may not be necessary to remove it. However, one must keep good oral hygiene to prevent any problem. On the other hand, if the impacted wisdom tooth causes frequent discomfort or causes severe problems, it may have to be extracted.
Here is a Video of 3rd Molar extraction .