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Almost everyone will require a tooth extraction at some point during their life. In most cases, this involves removing a wisdom tooth. Most people do not have room for their wisdom teeth, which causes them to become impacted. If the teeth are not removed, serious side effects can develop. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it is important to have the tooth removed.
Why Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars, which emerge typically in the late teens or early twenties. Most people do not have enough room in their jaw to accommodate these teeth. Because of the lack of room in the mouth, wisdom teeth usually become impacted. This means that they are unable to emerge through the gums because of lack of space.
This can cause a variety of problems, including:
- Pushing other teeth out of proper position
- Infection developing around the impacted tooth
- Severe discomfort in the adjacent teeth and jaw
If you do not have your wisdom teeth removed, you can experience long-term alignment problems; infection that spreads from the wisdom tooth into other teeth, facial bones, or sinuses; or severe toothache, earache, headache, or aches in the jaw.
Deciding to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
If you are experiencing symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth, consult with your dentist about the best method of extraction. In some cases, the tooth will emerge enough that it can be easily extracted in your dentist’s office. In other cases, the tooth is impacted in such a way that it must be surgically removed. For example, some wisdom teeth become impacted without ever breaking through the gums. This type of extraction requires an oral surgeon.
If you are experiencing discomfort in the very back of your mouth and you have not yet seen your wisdom teeth arrive, ask your dentist if they might be the cause of the problem. Once the problem has been diagnosed either during an examination or using X-rays, you can decide on the best approach for extraction.
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