Getting your Wisdom Teeth Out?

 In Dental Care

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars that emerge at the back of the jaw. Typically, they appear between the late teens and early twenties, usually between ages 17 and 21. Most adults have one wisdom tooth in each corner of their mouth, totaling four.

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Not everyone develops all four wisdom teeth, but sometimes, these teeth become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are those that are trapped in the gum or unable to emerge properly. Types of impaction include:

  • Mesioangular Impaction: The tooth angles towards the front of the mouth.
  • Vertical Impaction: The tooth fails to break through the jawline.
  • Distoangular Impaction: The tooth angles towards the back of the mouth.
  • Horizontal Impaction: The tooth lies at a 90-degree angle under the gum, pressing against the root of the adjacent molar.

Why You May Need To Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause various problems, including:

  • Pain and Infection: Impacted teeth can lead to painful infections, making brushing difficult. Food particles and bacteria can get trapped, causing tooth decay and pericoronitis.
  • Overcrowding: Lack of space can push other teeth sideways, causing discomfort, ulcers, and friction against the mouth walls.
  • Difficulty Cleaning: Their position makes them hard to clean, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Cysts and Tumors: They can develop in a sac within the jaw, potentially leading to cysts and tumors.

While not all wisdom teeth cause issues, dentists often recommend removal to prevent future problems.

When To See a Doctor

Symptoms of impacted teeth can include bleeding gums, bad breath, swollen gums, and jaw pain. If you experience any of these symptoms at the back of your jaw, it may indicate an impacted tooth. Seek a dentist’s attention promptly.

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