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Why and When to Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Understanding Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically develop in the late teenage years or early twenties. However, due to a lack of space at the back of the mouth, they may grow in at an incorrect angle or partially emerge, causing what is called an impacted wisdom tooth. This can result in discomfort, pain, and other dental issues.

When is Removal Necessary?

Not all impacted wisdom teeth require removal, but in many cases, it is necessary to prevent further dental complications. Here are some common situations where removal is necessary:

  • The tooth is causing severe pain or discomfort
  • The tooth is causing infection
  • The tooth is at risk of damaging nearby teeth
  • The tooth is causing gum disease or tooth decay
  • The tooth is causing malocclusion (misalignment of teeth)
  • The tooth is causing recurring cysts or tumors
  • Preventing Dental Issues

    Even if impacted wisdom teeth are not currently causing any issues, they may still be at risk of causing problems in the future. Your dentist may recommend removing them as a preventative measure, especially if you have an increased risk of dental complications due to factors such as:

  • Insufficient space in the mouth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • History of gum disease or tooth decay
  • Age (older individuals are more susceptible to dental issues)
  • Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

    Before the procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will usually take an X-ray of your mouth to determine the location and severity of the impacted tooth. Depending on the complexity of the case, they may perform the procedure under local anesthesia (where only the affected area is numbed) or general anesthesia (where you will be unconscious for the entire procedure).

    During the procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and remove any bone that is blocking the tooth. They will then extract any remaining tooth fragments and close the incision with stitches.

    Recovery times vary from person to person, but it is common to experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to manage this discomfort and how to care for your mouth during the healing process. Utilize this external material to delve further into the subject. Click to access this in-depth guide, broaden your understanding of the topic covered.


    If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to impacted wisdom teeth, it is essential to speak to your dentist or oral surgeon about whether removal is necessary. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, it is still important to monitor your wisdom teeth and seek professional advice if you have an increased risk of dental complications. By taking action early, you can prevent further dental issues and maintain good oral health.

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