The wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. They usually grow through the gums during the late teens or early twenties. By this time, the other 28 adult teeth are usually in place, so there isn’t always enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
Your wisdom teeth don’t usually need to be removed if they’re impacted but aren’t causing any problems. But, if they carrie the risk of complications, you’ll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled.
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Pericoronitis – when plaque causes an infection of the soft tissue that surrounds the tooth
- Cellulitis – a bacterial infection in the cheek, tongue or throat
- Abscess – a collection of pus in your wisdom teeth or the surrounding tissue as a result of a bacterial infection
- Cysts and benign growths – very rarely, a wisdom tooth that hasn’t cut through the gum develops a cyst (a fluid-filled swelling)
- As a part of routine check-up for diagnosis of wisdom tooth pain, you may have to undergo X-ray examination.
- Clean the oral cavity
- Anesthesia and extraction of teeth
- Check after tooth extraction