Why Wisdom Tooth Extractions are Often Necessary?
Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the last of your permanent teeth to erupt from your gums. They typically appear somewhere between the ages of 17-25, while others never develop them at all.
However, many individuals experience what is known as “impacted wisdom teeth”. These are teeth that do not naturally have enough space to develop and emerge normally. When a wisdom tooth is impacted it may erupt crooked, partially (leaving some of the tooth under the gumline, or not at all.
An impacted tooth can also lead to increased decay and cavities, gum infections, periodontal disease, cysts, and damage to surrounding teeth and bone.
However, these issues can be safely and reliably avoided by undergoing wisdom tooth extraction. This relatively simple procedure is considered a safe and effective way to deal with impacted wisdom teeth.