Wisdom Tooth Extraction
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may occur In the future. Periapical X-ray and OPG X-ray are needed to evaluate the alignment and the exact position of the tooth and the nerve. This procedure is usually performed in the clinic under local anesthesia.
Wisdom teeth generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. IF they fail to erupt due to lack of space in the jaw, they become impacted and unable to break through the gum in which they might get infected or damage the adjacent tooth and bone. Sometimes they partially break through the gum causing flap of gum tissue to grow over them, leading to the impaction of food and germs under the flap causing redness, swelling and pain.
When it is necessary to remove the wisdom tooth?
- Repeated infection
- Crowding of back teeth
- Damage of nearby teeth
- Gum disease
When to keep the wisdom tooth?
- Fully erupted
- Correctly aligned with the adjacent and opposite teeth
- Easy to clean