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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth

Definition
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually appear when a person is in their late teens or early twenties.

Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in crooked can also lead to painful crowding and disease.

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth - the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.

If a wisdom tooth doesn't have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you'll likely need to have it pulled. Wisdom tooth extraction \is usually by an oral surgeon. Some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren't causing problems, as a preventive measure against potential future problems.

Why it's done

  • Grows at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar)
  • Grows at an angle toward the back of the mouth
  • Grows at a right angle to the other teeth, as if the wisdom tooth is "lying down" within the jawbone
  • Grows straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone
  • You'll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled if it results in problems such as:
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Damage to an adjacent tooth
  • Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
  • Damage to surrounding bone
  • Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth