Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The average adult has 32 teeth by the age of 18. However, the average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely and are functional, painless, cavity-free, disease-free and in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue. They do, however, require regular, professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic s-rays to monitor for any changes. The worst thing to do is IGNORE your wisdom teeth!
When a tooth doesn't fully grow in, it's "impacted" – meaning it is usually unable to break through the gums because there isn't enough room. 90% of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
Generally, wisdom teeth should be surgically removed when there are:
|•|| Infections and/or periodontal (gum) disease
|•|| Cavities that can't be restored
|•|| Cysts, tumors or other pathologies
|•||Damage to neighboring teeth|
To learn more about wisdom teeth, please visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.