Wisdom teeth removal is very common for individuals in their late teens or early twenties. This is a common age for removal because there are fewer complications. Typically by the age of twenty, they have erupted, but do not yet have the developed root structure to cause problematic removal. Removal is a common practice, used to avoid associated dental problems.
What You Should Know
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars located towards the rear of the mouth. Also called third molars, they are the final set of permanent teeth to arrive. This usually occurs sometime during the late teenage years. Their late eruption is commonly associated with a variety of dental issues.
As the last teeth to arrive, many times there simply is not enough room left for them. This can lead to wisdom teeth being trapped under the gum tissue or even other teeth. Their eruption can also jeopardize the position and health of surrounding teeth. Once impacted, the result is usually swelling, pain and infection that can lead to periodontal disease.
Wisdom teeth removal is recommended under the following conditions:
- Insufficient size of jaw bone to accommodate proper alignment necessary for eating
- Partial eruption that can allow bacteria to enter the gums causing infection
- Poor alignment that threatens to injury to nerves, jawbone or other teeth
- Formation of cysts that can effect oral health
The wisdom teeth removal depends on the specific situation of the patient. The position and complexity of wisdom teeth differ greatly and so the circumstances will dictate the removal technique. Fully erupted wisdom teeth can be extracted through the simple removal method, but as with other impacted teeth, surgery is necessary.
How to Know if Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted
You should consult with Dr. Ueckert to determine if the position of your wisdom teeth will lead to dental complications. He can examine your teeth to evaluate their alignment and discuss your options. If wisdom teeth removal is necessary for you, Dr. Ueckert will advise you on type of procedure and anesthetic your situation will require, helping to answer any questions you have.