Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Removal 

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.”

Signs & Symptoms

 

Must the Tooth Come Out if It Hasn’t Caused Any Problems Yet?

Many people believe that as long as they are not in pain, they do not have to worry about their wisdom teeth. However, pain-free does not mean disease or problem free. In fact, wisdom teeth that come in normally may still be prone to disease, according to a study by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation. AAOMS strongly recommends that third molars be evaluated by an OMS by the time a patient is a young adult in order to assess the presence of third molars, disease status, and to suggest management options ranging from removal to a monitored retention plan to ensure optimal patient-specific outcomes.

In general, dental and medical professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be removed in the following instances:

  • Infections and/or periodontal disease
  • Cavities that cannot be restored
  • Pathologies such as cysts, and tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth

Treatment

 

source: 

http://www.aaoms.org/news/why-do-we-have-wisdom-teeth

http://www.colgate.ca/en/ca/oc/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth

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