Do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop in the mouth, usually in our late teens or early twenties. The 4 wisdom teeth are the last teeth in the back of your mouth – top and bottom. Not everyone has them and if they do not crowd other teeth, they can stay and act like other molars for chewing food.

Pain and Infection

Often times, wisdom teeth become trapped in the jawbone and don’t break through the gum tissue. Sometimes wisdom teeth are crooked and cause cavities or gum disease. If wisdom teeth are crooked, blocked by other teeth or have a flap of gum tissue on top, plaque and food can enter around the tooth and cause cavities, gum disease or wisdom tooth infection.X-rays are taken to see if you have wisdom teeth and how they are placed in your jawbone.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

In many cases, it is a good idea that trapped wisdom teeth be extracted. Depending on the location of the tooth, taking out the tooth can be done in your dentist’s office or in an oral surgeon’s office. Angular, bony impaction of third molarSoft tissue impaction of third molar.An incision is made and overlying soft tissue and bone are removed, exposing the crown of the impacted tooth.The tooth is extracted whole or surgically cut into large pieces, which can be removed

Tips for a Speedy Recovery:

Use ice packs on the cheek for swelling, putting the pack on for 30 minutes and leaving it off for 30 minutes Bite on clean gauze to stop bleeding Eat soft foods and drink extra liquids Don’t chew hard or crunchy foods in tender areas Brush carefully the day after surgery Follow the instructions for taking any medications your dentist recommends Don’t use drinking straws as the suction can dislodge the blood clot in the tooth socket Don’t drink hot