Are your wisdom teeth causing you pain?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. They usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties.

Often times, wisdom teeth become trapped or impacted in the jawbone or simply fail to erupt. This can cause crowding or displacement of other teeth or lead to the development of localized tooth decay, infection, or gum disease. Impacted wisdom teeth are set in the jawbone in unusual positions, sometimes horizontally, which stops them from erupting in a normal way.

In many cases, it is a good idea that trapped wisdom teeth be pulled.

trans wisdom-teeth01Angular, bony impaction of third molar (wisdom tooth).

 

 

 

trans wisdom-teeth02Soft tissue impaction of third molar.

 

 

 

trans wisdom-teeth03An incision is made and overlying soft tissue and bone are removed, exposing the crown of the impacted tooth.

 

 

 

 

trans wisdom-teeth04The tooth is extracted whole or surgically cut into large pieces, which can be removed separately if the entire tooth cannot be removed at once. The site is closed with stitches.

 

 

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