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Reasons for wisdom teeth removal

The loss and regeneration of teeth during our prime years, the way they function, and even their general appearance are interesting topics worth researching. There must have been some big brains behind this. One of the last set of teeth to appear in a human\’s mouth are wisdom teeth. They erupt at the age of 17 to 25 and before 70 years are down, 80% of the people need them removed. Age is not constant for everyone since they might appear later in other people. Wisdom teeth may need extraction due to several reasons.


Pericoronitis affects 81% of people between the bracket ages of 20 to 29 years. It is an infection that causes soreness and inflammation in the area around the erupted tooth, especially for wisdom teeth that get trapped within the jaw. This set of teeth may grow at an angle in respect to the next tooth. They may also grow at an angle facing the back of the mouth, or grow parallel to the jawbone. All these factors facilitate the removal to alleviate the pain experienced.

Complications if not removed

If the tooth is not removed, it may result in some issues like pain and plaque buildup as it traps food that remains behind the tooth. It may also result in gingivitis, after a prolonged period, periodontal diseases. The undeveloped tooth might house the development of a cyst, which is a fluid-packed sack that forms around the wisdom tooth.

How you prepare for an extraction

The underlying effects and impacts of such a procedure may require the expertise of an oral surgeon. The use of local anesthesia is maintained to reduce the pain that may occur due to incision. Sedatives may also be used if the patient seems uncomfortable or restless. This and more pre-procedure preparations are carried out by our devoted team of orthodontists. To book an appointment, call us or visit our offices for an in-depth examination.


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