Wisdom teeth: are we removing them more often than needed?

There are many people who suffer infections, aches and pains. Should we remove wisdom teeht in all cases?

Doctor Jorge Escobar. 19/08/2015
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Some pains are related to wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth pain emerges as a result of the estimulate of the nerves inside the tooth and cause pain. The pain is continuous and may be described as gnawing, sharp, shooting, or throbbing. This condition is a sure sign that the third molars are not growing properly. Symptoms include: swelling of the gum in the back of your mouth, difficulty opening your jaw, bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, pain when you open your mouth, pain when chewing or biting. Pain can occur for several days and then disappear. It can come back weeks or months later.

The wisdom teeth or the third molars usually appear when you are between 17 and 25. These teeth are the last or most posterior teeth in the dental arch. Although most people have wisdom teeth, it is possible for some or all of the third molars to never develop or they may become impacted because there’s not enough room in your mouth for them, it might be tilted in your jaw and it´s trying to come in sideways.

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You need to extract wisdom teeth when they give problems

Actually, having wisdom teeth out is one of the most common dental procedure. However, some professionals in the health sector oral doubt if it is really necessary in all cases. Therefore, do all wisdom teeth need to be extracted? Yes, as long as these molars give us problems in our daily life and the wisdom teeth are examined regularly by a dental professional to determine the proper diagnosis and course of action. Removal of the wisdom tooth is indicated if the tooth has partially erupted through the gingival tissue, causing inflammation and/or infection. Also, the extraction does not cause any problems for aesthetic or functional level.

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In case you need the extraction of wisdom teeth is preferred to be as soon as possible

When it is necessary?

  • They are often extracted when wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or is coming in sideways.
  • Some dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth if they grow near the nerve of the lower jaw or erupt through the gum. Partial eruption of the wisdom teeth allows an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection, which results in pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness. With the extraction, you will prevent the accumulation of food below the gums and bacterial infection.
  • When wisdom teeth are positioned themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars, or be angled inward or outward. This makes brushing and flossing difficult and it might cause misalignment of the remaining teeth.
  • The possibility of extraction will also be assessed, if the tooth hurts the jaw bone tissue whose function is to hold the teeth of all our mouths.
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Following the recommended instructions, the post surgery procedure be virtually painless.

Talk to your dentist about the position and health of your wisdom teeth and what’s best for your situation. In case you need the extraction of wisdom teeth is preferred to be soon. Furthermore it is, unlike what many believe, the intervention is a common procedure and lasts approximately about 10-45 minutes depending on whether the teeth are erupted or included. Following the recommended instructions, the post surgery procedure be virtually painless, you can keep a perfect smile and allow you to chew with total comfort.

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