Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Lincoln, CA

What Age Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

When we reach the age of 17 and above, our third molar teeth, known as wisdom teeth, emerge. These are the last teeth that develop and erupt in our mouths, and as people usually grow their wisdom teeth between the ages of 18 and 25, the teeth have been given the name “wisdom teeth” to signify maturity and adulthood.

But in many cases, these last molars find it hard to erupt and grow at the end of our jawline because by then, our mouth is crowded with teeth. The first and second molars are around 5.5mm to 10.5mm in width. An adult mouth contains a total of 12 molar teeth, including four wisdom teeth. On each side of your mouth, you have one first molar, one second molar and one third molar at the bottom and similarly one first molar, one second molar and one third molar on the bottom. The first molars are closest to the opening of your mouth, whereas the third molars (wisdom teeth) are farthest away from the mouth.

For patients whose wisdom teeth have little to no space to erupt or are unable to develop properly due to poor diet, malnutrition, or poor oral care, the dentist will have to extract the wisdom teeth in order to ensure that the other teeth are not displaced because of it. Since the third molars or wisdom teeth are the toughest and widest teeth in our mouth and their primary purpose is to grind the food, their eruption can be a very painful process because they push and tear through the gum tissues to find their place.

To relieve the pain and prevent a malocclusion – crookedness, over-crowdedness or misalignment of teeth), dentists will recommend extraction or removal of your wisdom tooth that is finding it hard to erupt and grow naturally.

The Best Age To Remove Wisdom Teeth

According to The American Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the wisdom teeth should be extracted before the roots are fully developed, and this is why the best age to remove wisdom teeth is between 13 to 20 years.

Problems Associated With Wisdom Teeth

Many people can face the following oral problems because of their wisdom teeth:

• Unbearable pain in the gums
• Swollen cheeks and gums
• Bleeding of the gums
• Crowding of teeth
• Impacted or half-developed wisdom teeth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The problem with teeth development or formation is that teeth don’t always grow in an upright or straight direction. While developing, they can grow to be slanted, and it could be the corners of the teeth that first erupt out of the gum tissue. An impacted wisdom tooth is the one that faces obstruction during the tooth development process. Either the jawbone or another tooth blocks its path, and the teeth remain half developed and unerupted. This causes extreme pain and discomfort in the gums. In severe cases, patients can have serious infections, and the half-formed wisdom tooth can turn into a cyst or a tumor. Before that happens, your dentist will have to extract the wisdom tooth to save you from serious dental conditions, pain and discomfort.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

To remove the half-formed or half-erupted wisdom tooth, your dentist will perform a minor tooth extraction surgery. First, your dentist will thoroughly clean your mouth to remove bacteria and food debris. Then he will cut open the gum tissues. In case the problematic wisdom tooth is covered by the jawbone, your dentist will remove tiny fragments of your jawbone to reach the wisdom tooth.

If the half-developed wisdom tooth is very small, your dentist can extract it right away, but if the third molar has grown to its original size and shape, then it will have to be broken into several small pieces, and the pieces will have to be removed one by one.

After the wisdom tooth extraction surgery, your dentist will stitch back the gum tissues, and you will be given strict instructions to avoid solid foods for a few days.

If your wisdom teeth are causing extreme pain and discomfort, then visit us at Lincoln Smiles and let our expert team of dental surgeons remove your problematic wisdom teeth. Call us today at 916-543-8800 to schedule your appointment.

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