By the age of eighteen, the average adult has a total of 32 teeth, 16 teeth on the top and 16 on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth or molar teeth are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is only made to hold 28 teeth. It can be painful when there are 32 teeth trying to fit into a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. This is why wisdom tooth removal is so common.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to develop in the mouth. They tend to appear during the late teens or early twenties. Many people live their whole lives with healthy, fully developed wisdom teeth without pain. However, the misalignment or impact of wisdom teeth commonly leads to a medical recommendation of extraction.
The most frequent clinical problem we see is a localized gum infection. Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.
Misaligned wisdom teeth are often positioned horizontally or angled toward or away from the teeth and may cause damage to the surrounding teeth or jaw, resulting in pain. These teeth may be hard to clean because of their positioning, allowing plaque and other debris to build up, which can lead to decay or infection of the teeth or surrounding tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth are those that either do not break through the gums or remain trapped in the jawbone or surrounding tissue due to the lack of space in the dental arch.
Wisdom tooth removal is among the most common oral surgery procedures. Wisdom teeth often need to be removed if they grow in sideways or become positioned against another tooth (referred to as impacted). Usually, wisdom tooth removal is performed under IV sedation or laughing gas. When possible, early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and to decrease the surgical risk of the procedure.
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