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The extraction of wisdom teeth is for two general reasons: Wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted or wisdom teeth have already become impacted.
What are impacted wisdom teeth? They are are the third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt. They may have grown at an awkward angle or are being obstructed by another tooth or even your jawbone. Over time, the impacted tooth will probably cause problems such as decay, pain and could also damage other teeth.
Wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21. However, they may start causing problems much earlier. There’s not always sufficient space at the back of your jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth, because of this inflammation can occur, difficulty in opening your jaw, there could also be some pain.
The potential problems that can arise from improperly grown-in wisdom teeth include infections caused by food particles that get easily trapped in the jaw area behind the wisdom teeth where regular brushing and flossing is ineffective, and difficult. Such infections may occur frequently, and can cause considerable pain and medical danger.
Another reason that a wisdom tooth may be removed is when the tooth has grown in improperly, which causes the tongue to brush up against it.
Dr. Sarna will always recommend saving a tooth whenever possible except for wisdom teeth, you may have other problematic teeth that have decay or have been traumatized. There are ways to save your original teeth from being extracted, and we suggest that you speak with Dr. Sarna or one of our Dentistry on 7th team members before you choose which course of action is best for you