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     Impacted Wisdom teeth Faq’s       
             
       What are impacted wisdom teeth?      
     
Wisdom teeth are molar teeth, which are the last to erupt into the mouth, usually after the age of 15 years, or even much later.      
       
Wisdom teeth are considered impacted when they are unable to erupt into their normal functional positions, mainly due to lack of space for their eruption. Approximately 20% of the population has impacted wisdom teeth.      
     
             
      What are the causes for impaction of wisdom teeth?      
     
It has been found that during the process of evolution, the jaws are progressively becoming smaller in size and the braincase is expanding at the expense of the jaws. Another important factor, which predisposes to development of impacted wisdom teeth, is heredity.
 
      What are the Symptoms of Impacted wisdom teeth?

  •     Pain or tenderness of the gums (gingiva)      
  •     Unpleasant taste when biting down on or near the area      
  •     Visible gap where a tooth did not emerge      
  •     Bad breath      
  •     Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth      
  •     Swollen lymph nodes of the neck (occasionally)      
  •     Difficulty opening the mouth (occasionally)      
  •     Prolonged headache or jaw ache

    How are impacted wisdom teeth treated?      
      In certain cases of impacted teeth, where there seems to be adequate space available for eruption, the dental surgeon may advise a pericoronal flap excision (removal of the gum tissue overlying the impacted tooth) and observation. In such cases, the tooth may erupt into place after the procedure. In light of the clinical experience that most impacted teeth will ultimately give rise to some type of problem or disease, it is generally felt that preventive removal of impacted third molars is indicated. It is best done as soon as it becomes apparent that there is insufficient space or that they are not positioned for normal eruption.      

 
 
 



 

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