Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Ideally, a human being should have 32 teeth. But like we all know, not all the teeth come at once. It’s between the ages of 17 and 25, the large teeth at the back - ‘the third molars’ come through at last. These third molars are commonly called as wisdom teeth. We have four of them and they appear at the last. It was back in the 17th century that the third molars were called the ‘teeth of wisdom’ as they appeared when the individual is no longer a child. It’s from the 19th century, the term ‘teeth of wisdom’ became ‘wisdom teeth’. A wisdom tooth can grow sideways, crooked and misaligned and push on to the other teeth causing overcrowding and misalignment in the mouth. Below are some of the reasons why one should consider removing their wisdom teeth:
- Pericoronitis: It is the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth. It’s commonly seen in young adults. Typical symptoms include swollen gums around the tooth, pain and bad taste in the mouth. More serious symptoms include fever, wisdom tooth abscess, and swelling.
- Caries:It’s also called tooth decay is a common issue with the wisdom tooth. If not properly taken care of, it would lead to pulpitis, which is the inflammation of the dental pulp. This can lead to severe pain and can lead to tooth root infection. Tooth root infection is another reason for tooth extraction.
- Periodontitis:It affects the tissue and bone and can cause the tooth to loosen. Extraction and replacing it with prosthesis might be the only options left.
- Severe tooth or jaw trauma, root fracture are other reasons for which the tooth needs to be extracted.
- If they grow out in the wrong angle, causing to put pressure on the other teeth
- There might not be enough room in the mouth to accommodate the new sets of wisdom teeth.