Wisdom Teeth removal can be a simple procedure for some patients.
Wisdom teeth are the rear molars that erupt last, sometime around the late teens or early 20s.
There are normally two wisdom teeth in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw, but some people have fewer than four or even none at all.
Wisdom teeth can cause various oral health or dental problems, including overcrowding and impaction (picture below). Common problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth include gum infections and tooth decay.
Impaction is where the wisdom tooth erupts at an angle which causes it to butt against the next-door tooth (hard impaction) or the gum (soft impaction).
A wisdom tooth that grows on an angle can’t contribute to chewing, which makes it useless and at times painful. It is sometimes recommended that problem wisdom teeth be removed.
X-rays taken while the teeth are still erupting can show whether or not they will cause difficulties.
The reasons for not having enough space and removal are:
- Our soft diets do not cause wear on our other teeth
- The lower jaw has not grown enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth.
- It is vital to save our other teeth as they have normally erupted into the correct position. So few other teeth are being extracted
Modern techniques are far less painful, an extraction can be a very simple procedure. Some complex cases may require more detailed and advanced surgery.