Wisdom Teeth Removal
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Wisdom Teeth Removal Overview
Why Take Them Out?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the very back of your mouth. It varies from patient to patient but your wisdom teeth can start to in from 14 and up. Your dentist will monitor their eruptions at your regular checkups and will likely take a panoramic x-ray as well.
The main reasons for removal in most people are:
They’re impacted. Because they’re so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which over time can cause discomfort.
They come in at the wrong angle. They may press against your other teeth.
Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw may be too small to allow another set of molars, which can lead to crowding or other dental problems if not removed.
You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss, which can lead to decay or other dental problems.
Everyone responds differently to anaesthesia. Be sure to speak with your dentist or oral surgeon prior to your appointment to know what to expect, you may have to have a caregiver for the rest of the day and someone to drive you home, so it’s best to get a clear outline for what to expect.
Follow your doctor’s instructions for a healthy recovery. Here are some tips for the first 3 days after surgery: