Wisdom teeth extraction
1. Why do we need to extract teeth?
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted:
− extensive decay (most frequent reason)
− very mobile tooth due to gum disease
− tooth damaged by trauma
− very bad alignment
− impacted tooth (stuck under the gum or bone, preventing it from coming out normally in the mouth); mostly associated with wisdom teeth
2. What is a wisdom tooth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final group of molars, which pop out in the late teens or early twenties for most people. Because of their location, they are often impacted, which increases the risk of problems such as the following:
− severe infections
− damage to the roots of the adjacent tooth
− cyst or tumor formation
− decay and gum disease
3. In light of these potential serious problems and the fact that the older people get, the more difficult it can be to extract their wisdom teeth, it's important to talk to your dentist about your specific situation to determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.