The third molars, commonly referred to as the “wisdom” teeth, typically erupt inside the mouth between the ages of 15 to 25. They are called “wisdom” teeth because they come in during the age when most people are maturing. Not everyone develops wisdom teeth, but the majority of people do. Wisdom teeth removal is the most common oral surgery throughout the United States, done as a preventative procedure to protect the mouth from issues that these extra teeth most often cause.
Most people’s mouth is only able to hold 28 teeth comfortably, but that does not stop the wisdom teeth from trying to work their way in. Frequent problems caused by the wisdom teeth include:
- Crowding of the teeth
- Swollen and infected gums
- Jaw pain
- Jawbone damage
- Bad breath
- Constant headaches
One of the reasons that dentists take frequent X-rays of the mouth in adolescents is to monitor the development and position of the wisdom teeth. X-rays allow the dentist to make a well-informed decision of when to remove the wisdom teeth before they begin wreaking havoc on the mouth. Dentists worldwide agree that wisdom teeth removal should be done as a preventative procedure rather than waiting for them to be treated once they cause problems. Patients also recover easier and quicker if the wisdom teeth are removed before they have time to develop deep roots within the gum line.
Wisdom teeth removal is performed as an out-patient procedure that removes the teeth from the very back of the mouth, closes the empty sockets, and then allows the patient to heal at home. With close adherence to post-operative instructions, patients are generally fully recovered in less than a week; often only requiring two days of downtime before they can return to school or work.
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