Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also referred to as the third molars, usually are the last teeth to develop. How many wisdom teeth a person has will vary. Some develop all four whilst others will have none.
Problems with wisdom teeth develop gradually since development normally spans several years. However, these gradual changes can cause sudden and severe pain.
When there is not enough room for your wisdom teeth, they may become impacted, or partially buried in the jawbone and under the surface of the gum. The roots can grow in unusual directions and may cause a variety of problems in your mouth and with your sinus cavity or the nerve in your lower jaw.
Why remove wisdom teeth?
The prognosis of wisdom teeth in the majority of the population is poor and the recommended treatment will be the removal of these teeth. Removal of troublesome wisdom teeth should be done as soon as possible before the problems get worse. Wisdom teeth can cause infection, pain, orthodontic complications, cysts, damage to nearby molars, ulcers, tooth decay or an abscess.
The decision to remove your wisdom teeth will be decided after your dentist examines your mouth, jaw and radiographs and discusses the diagnosis with you.