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Wisdom Teeth & Extractions Outlined by Our Charlotte University Area Dentist

The majority of people need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point or other during their lifetime.

The presence of wisdom teeth in the mouth can be advantageous or life threatening, depending on their positioning and condition. The wisdom teeth are also referred to as the third or last molars. They typically begin to emerge in the back of the mouth on both sides of the jaws during the ages of 16 to 20. Most individuals will have four wisdom teeth, one on each upper and lower corner of the mouth.

When wisdom teeth are healthy, they pose no real threat to your overall oral health. However, it your wisdom teeth become infected, it can lead to additional damage in your mouth, affecting the gums and/or teeth in the vicinity of your wisdom teeth. This sad state of affairs is most likely to occur due to improper oral care.

Many people have trouble reaching and cleaning their wisdom teeth because of their location in the mouth. If the wisdom teeth are not properly brushed and flossed, the presence of plaque and calculus can lead to unnecessary infection, resulting in periodontal disease and tooth decay. If left untreated, both of these conditions can lead to serious health complications.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

When your wisdom teeth do not come in properly, it becomes necessary to have them extracted. In most cases like this, the wisdom teeth either come in crooked or they do not have enough room to come in fully. If the jaw cannot accommodate the wisdom teeth, they usually become impacted, which means they are never going to come in fully. The teeth might emerge partially through the gums or grow in sideways or crooked. The major portion of the wisdom tooth might also remain beneath the gum line, where it stays trapped in the bone.

When this happens, the rest of the teeth in your mouth may change in position. When this type of damage occurs, it often becomes necessary to get braces in order to realign the teeth properly. As a result, the decision not to have your wisdom teeth removed creates the need for an even more costly dental procedure.

Causes of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The most common causes of wisdom tooth extraction include:

  • Insufficient space for them to grow in properly
  • Gum disease due to lack of proper oral care or inability to provide proper care
  • Tooth decay due to lack of proper oral care or inability to provide proper care

Cost of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The cost of wisdom teeth extraction varies greatly, depending on the number of teeth you are having extracted as well as the degree of impaction that exists. If your dentist has told you that your wisdom teeth need to be removed you should have them extracted sooner rather than later.  By waiting you risk of infection could need a more complicated procedure to remove them.

So don’t wait long, contact your dentist to learn more about wisdom teeth extraction.