WHEN,WHY,HOW | WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL BASICS
wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth are the most tension creating teeth for the dentist and patient itself because the wisdom tooth is the tooth which shows maximum Irregularities and variabilities than any tooth,
sometimes with its shape, sometimes with its position, and sometimes with its number of roots.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure for many young adults and teens and is one of the most common surgeries that people undergo.
The pain associated with developing wisdom teeth is one that many people experience. Sometimes this pain goes away as the teeth erupt,
but other times the condition results in the need to have a wisdom teeth extraction procedure.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the 3rd set of molars that normally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, though they may continue to grow until around age 30.
These molars erupt just behind the 2nd set of molars, also called 12-year molars.
These are the teeth with the most variabilities, Let me explain how?
Sometimes it is normal for the wisdom teeth to be missing by birth or to even develop extra teeth in the area.
Sometimes wisdom teeth do not have enough room in the jaw to fully erupt. In these cases, they usually become impacted or only wisdom Teeth erupt partially,
both wisdom teeth symptoms can cause severe dental problems later on.
Things that might develop include gum infections, bone loss, decay, or damage to other teeth. If symptoms begin developing into these conditions, then a treatment plan should be developed for wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth removal can be an effective way to maintain the health of the teeth and gum tissue in areas where wisdom teeth have begun developing symptoms of dental disease.
This is an alternative procedure for wisdom tooth extraction, In this process, only the Crown of the tooth will be removed leaving roots in the jaws, as it is.
Dentists mostly hesitate to do an extraction or removal when the age of a person is over 40.
They also recommend coronectomy when there are more chances of getting harm to the Inferior Alveolar nerve.
CORONECTOMY VS EXTRACTION
Extraction means complete removal of the tooth its root, crown, everything, but in coronectomy, the only crown of the tooth will be removed.
Coronectomy isn’t the choice of treatment when a wisdom tooth or its root is infected.
Extraction has slightly more side effects than coronectomy like a dry socket, bacterial infection, etc.
Tooth removal is a little more painful than coronectomy, although you’ll have inflammation and pain in both cases but grading of discomfort is different.
Why & When to go for Wisdom teeth removal?
As a dentist I have found that Wisdom teeth play no role in our mouth, it is just a vestigial part of the body like an appendix. Confusing? you don’t have trust in me! Let me explain
Doesn’t we masticate (grinding) food for 17 years without wisdom teeth? Yes or no?
I hope your answer is yes. Wisdom teeth are just to fill those remaining sockets of your mouth to avoid you from using sticks for trapped food particles anymore.
Sometimes wisdom teeth may appear completely healthy without any form of decay, yet cause many problems due to their positioning and how they related to the adjacent teeth.
If a wisdom tooth is impacted against the next molar, it can cause decay or trauma to the adjacent tooth as you can see in the picture.
Their positioning often makes them difficult to keep clean, leading to dental decay even in patients that have very good oral hygiene.
If the tooth is only partially erupted, food and bacteria may become impacted under the gums, causing infections, abscesses, bone loss, and gum disease.
Wisdom tooth extraction rids the body of the decay and makes these areas easier to keep healthy and clean, preventing the spread of dental disease to other teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends wisdom teeth removal when the following conditions exist:
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
Most people will become aware of issues regarding their wisdom teeth due to discomfort, pain, or swelling in the back of the mouth.
A visit with their dentist will typically include an x-ray of the entire jaw so that the development of the wisdom teeth can be observed, as well as any pathology around the area.
Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common dental surgical procedures that is performed. Your dentist will only recommend this procedure if other alternatives to maintaining oral health and comfort do not exist.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
Dentists choose to perform extractions (removal) as a last resort when dental disease just can’t be avoided or corrected.
Depending on how the tooth is in the mouth it may require surgical extraction instead of a simple extraction.
A surgical extraction is usually performed by an oral surgeon and may include complete sedation so that the patient is completely unaware of the procedure and enjoys the most comfort as possible.
Sedation is usually done using intravenous(IV) drugs or an orally administered prescription sedatives. The entire procedure may only last 30 minutes to an hour based on the current condition of the teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal, this procedure was not less than death for patients many years ago, but now it becomes a minor surgery, thanks to anesthesia.
OK now come to the point, as I mentioned earlier that wisdom tooth is a useless part of the body you can go for its removal without any reason but I wouldn’t recommend this.
Go for wisdom teeth extraction when you feel inflammation or pain in the surrounding tissues of the teeth or having any trauma, carious decay, gum disease, ETC.
Extracting your wisdom tooth is essential if it is giving you difficulties, SIMPLE.
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