Should wisdom teeth be extracted?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars located at the back of the mouth, behind the other teeth. They are usually the last teeth to erupt. Those tooth generally appears in early adulthood (between 16 and 25 years old), but they are not systematic and some people don’t have any.
Teeth that are completely submerged under the gum are called “impacted” and “semi-impacted” if they are partially submerged.
Wisdom teeth can become trapped under the gum or partially trapped, which can cause them to be in a bad angle, making them harder to clean.
When there is a lack of space for the teeth in general, it is not unusual to observe a lack of space for the eruption of the wisdom teeth. To preserve those tooth, it is important to ensure that there is sufficient space for them to completely erupt.
It is not recommended to keep those tooth halfway out, as they can cause dental caries and infections.
Wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth removal may be proposed to remedy the following problems:
- Teeth crowding : insufficient space in the mouth for those tooth
- Possible cavities : their location at the very back of the mouth makes them more difficult to maintain. Consequently, they are more cavity-prone.
- Swelling, pain and redness
Early extraction of those tooth is often recommended in the presence of a predictable lack of space. It is not uncommon that in preparation for an orthodontic treatment, your dentist recommends the extraction of your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom tooth removal is a common oral surgery. Today’s procedures have come a long way, thus speeding recovery. Our team use every available means to make wisdom tooth removal as quick and painless as possible.
If you have questions about the location of your wisdom teeth or wish to take advantage of a free consultation in orthodontics, book an appointment now with Dr. Huard’s team.