Today we’re going to talk about impacted wisdom teeth. Although the name is interesting, the wisdom teeth don’t really give you wisdom. These teeth are the furthest molar that can be found at the back of the mouth. Some dentists refer the wisdom teeth as the third molars.
For most people, wisdom teeth start to erupt when they are 18 to 24 years old. Given enough space, the wisdom teeth eruption can go smoothly, and the teeth are aligned. However, if the back of your mouth has little space there is a possibility that your wisdom teeth will become impacted wisdom teeth.
As we have mentioned earlier, the impacted wisdom teeth is caused by the lack of space at the back of the mouth. In general, there are four wisdom teeth, including the upper left, upper right, lower right and lower left wisdom teeth. About 1 out of 4 people lacks one or more.
There are two possible outcomes when there’s not enough space for the wisdom teeth. First, the wisdom teeth may not erupt at all, and second the wisdom teeth may erupt partially, with improper angle.
Surprisingly impacted wisdom teeth are pretty common. Recent studies and surveys have confirmed that out of 100 people, about 65 to 72 people have this condition. We’ve mentioned that the general impacted wisdom teeth cause is the lack of space. However, the exact cause of this lack of space is still under investigation.
One thing for sure, the presence of impacted wisdom teeth is the most common reason for wisdom teeth extraction. That brings us to the discussion about what makes it necessary for a dentist to perform impacted wisdom teeth extraction.
It is important to note that there are many people living in harmony with their impacted wisdom teeth. In fact, a significant number of people report that they have no problem with it.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Effect
Impacted wisdom teeth can bring you several troubles, especially when it is partially erupted and the angle is not correct. The partially erupted impacted wisdom teeth may become the staying place of bad bacteria. This area is hard to clean, and ultimately the bacteria can cause pericoronitis (an infection around the wisdom tooth), tooth decay, and gum diseases. Not to mention the chronic pain, discomfort or extreme sensitivity that may come with tooth decay, pericoronitis, etc. Other conditions that is related to the impacted wisdom teeth are cysts, tumors, and poor tooth alignment problems.
Although for other teeth there are several solutions available, currently most dentists agree that the most ideal impacted wisdom teeth treatment is wisdom teeth extraction. Depending on the difficulties, your dentist may or may not recommend you to go to oral surgeon. Don’t worry, the process is pretty comfortable, because you will be given local anesthesia.
Detecting the potential problem posed by your wisdom teeth is important, that is why you should never abandon your regular checkups with your dentist. Remember, early detection could save you lots of money, because if you go to the dentist when the problem is already severe, be prepared to dig deep into your pocket.