Wisdom Teeth – What are they and why do we have them?
This final set of molars can play a useful part in the mouth for many people. However, for some people, if the wisdom teeth don’t come through properly, or don’t emerge at all, they may need to be taken out.
While this experience isn’t pleasant, it is one of the most common dental procedures in the UK – you probably know a few people who’ve had it done! You may have even had the procedure done yourself.
So Where Do the Problems Lie?
Wisdom teeth present problems when they are misaligned as they can position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars or be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of teeth can cause crowding or really damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone or nerves. If wisdom teeth lean toward the second molars, this can make those teeth more susceptible to decay by entrapping plaque and debris.
Removing The Wisdom Teeth?
In some cases, it is better to have your wisdom teeth removed. As scary as it sounds, it is a pretty routine procedure. The relative ease at which your dentist or oral surgeon can extract your wisdom teeth depends on their position. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea of what to expect during a check-up prior to the tooth being removed.
Usually, a wisdom tooth that is fully erupted through the gum can be extracted as easily as any other teeth. However, a wisdom tooth that is underneath the gums and hasn’t pushed through the gum from the jawbone,will require an incision into the gums and then removal of the portion of bone that lies over the tooth. This can be tricky but you will be in safe hands with your dentist.
Speak to your dentist!
If you are having problems with your teeth or think you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, speak to your dentist who will be able to advise you on what treatments you many need.
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