Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction involves removal of the third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth. These teeth are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.
When does one need wisdom tooth extractions?
Recurrent Infections: If conservative treatments like antibiotics and improved oral hygiene fail to resolve the infections, wisdom tooth extractions may be recommended.
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What are the advantages of wisdom tooth extractions?
Here are some potential benefits of wisdom tooth extraction:
Prevention of Impacted Teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infections, and damage to adjacent teeth. Extracting wisdom teeth before they become impacted can prevent these complications.
Elimination of Discomfort and Pain: Partially erupted and impacted wisdom teeth could lead to significant pain and discomfort. By extracting these problematic teeth, individuals can find relief from ongoing pain and discomfort associated with wisdom tooth issues.
Prevention of Dental Crowding: By extracting wisdom teeth, potential dental crowding can be avoided, preserving the alignment achieved through orthodontic treatment.
Avoiding Cysts and Tumors: Wisdom teeth have the potential to develop cysts or tumors, which can cause damage to surrounding teeth, jawbone, and nerves. By extracting wisdom teeth, the risk of cysts and tumors associated with these teeth is eliminated.
Simplification of Orthodontic Treatment: For individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment, extracting wisdom teeth can create more space in the mouth. This can make orthodontic treatment more effective and efficient, allowing for proper alignment of the remaining teeth.