Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars to emerge in the back of the mouth. They typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25, and some people may have up to four wisdom teeth.
While wisdom teeth can be useful for chewing, they often cause problems as they grow in. Many people do not have enough space in their mouth for these teeth, which can lead to impacted wisdom teeth or overcrowding. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the tooth does not fully emerge from the gum line and can cause pain, swelling, and infection.
If you experience pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend extraction. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental procedure that is typically performed under local or general anesthesia. The dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth and may need to remove surrounding bone tissue to fully extract the tooth.
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After wisdom tooth extraction, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by the dentist or oral surgeon. This may include avoiding hard or crunchy foods, taking pain medication as prescribed, and applying ice to the affected area to reduce swelling. It is also important to keep the extraction site clean to prevent infection.
While not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, it is important to consult with your dentist about your individual case. Your dentist can help you determine if wisdom tooth extraction is necessary based on the condition of your teeth and surrounding tissue. Regular dental check-ups and X-rays can help detect potential problems with your wisdom teeth early on.
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