Most people, when they reach the age of eighteen, will have thirty-two teeth.
The average mouth is made to hold only twenty-eight teeth. It can be a painful experience when thirty-two teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only twenty-eight teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. Wisdom teeth do not need to be removed when they align properly and gum tissue is healthy. Unfortunately, that is a rarity. The extraction becomes a necessity when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth
In order to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future, the wisdom teeth is removed.
The extraction is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side. Food and germs could get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful.
As with any procedure, removing your wisdom teeth carries some risks.
Dry socket – Where a blood clot fails to develop in the tooth socket, or if the blood clot becomes dislodged.
Nerve injury – This can cause temporary or permanent problems, such as pain and numbness.
Infection – Signs include a high temperature, yellow or white discharge from the extraction site, and persistent pain and swelling bleeding.