Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molar, that one person comes up in adolescence or even in their twenties, and for many years, the removal of them has been seen as almost a rite of passage as children to become an adults((Rites of Passage With Wisdom to Grow https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-write-health/201408/rites-passage-wisdom-grow)).
Is it really necessary?
Some patients are not sure what to do with it. Although this is a case that we must discuss with our local dentist, here are some reasons why is it often impotent to get extracted.
Due to their position in the mouth, it often does not get enough room to grow properly in the jaw. This can cause them to erupt at an angle or even horizontally. As it grows horizontally is pushes the neighboring tooth, so you feel pain. If it is at an angle, it can cut cheeks too.
Wisdom teeth can also only partially emerge, or even remain completely hidden, causing them to get trapped in your jaw. This condition is known as Impaction of the tooth. Since this area is not being properly cleaned, gum disease and other infections are more common in those cases. This condition is called as pericoronitis.
If you experience chronic pain in your gums near the wisdom teeth, the extraction can further help prevent infection.
A cyst can sometimes form in this area, which can damage the bone and tooth roots.((The incidence of cysts and tumors associated with impacted third molars – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4439685/))
Of course, there are some situations where wisdom teeth removal might not be necessary, those are:
If teeth are completely healthy
If they have grown properly and have emerged completely
If their positioning matches the rest of your smile
If you are able to take care of wisdom teeth properly, to ensure their future health.
Of course, each patient is unique if you or your child are concerned about the status of the tooth, please contact your local dentist or oral surgeon. They can check the area with the help of X-rays so that they can expect their situation and current health as well as with the extraction process if it is required.
The dentist generally wants to save all the natural teeth, if there is a problem with it, then they ask you to remove it. These are some problems where removal of the wisdom tooth can be removed:
- Chronic Pain
- Gum disease and tooth decay
- Damage to surrounding teeth