Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the last teeth to erupt (emerge) usually when people reach their teens or twenties. Also, they are the last teeth in the mouth, on the top and bottom. The name "wisdom teeth" originates from the fact that these molars erupt at age typically associated with greater maturity or wisdom.
When the wisdom teeth are aligned properly and the gum tissue is healthy, they do not need to be removed. In most cases, the path of eruption of wisdom teeth through the gum is impeded due to inadequate spacing. When this happens, they cannot come out correctly and are not functional, being shocked (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position.
Wisdom teeth can grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped under the gum and bone. These improperly placed impacted teeth can cause a lot of problems, so extraction is recommended.
Yes OK it is not necessary to remove all wisdom teeth, extractions of these are done more frequently because of an active problem, such as pain, swelling, cavities or infection, or as preventive measure to avoid serious problems in the future. If one or more teeth are impacted and they are not treated, a number of potentially harmful outcomes can occur, including:
Wisdom teeth extraction it is a common procedure, usually performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia in a surgery room in the office. Dr. Badí Haddú will discuss these options with you.
The removal before complications develop it is key to reducing recovery and healing time and minimizing discomfort after surgery.
Generally, after surgery, patients experience some swelling and discomfort. You will be discharged with postoperative instructions, prescriptions for pain relievers and antibiotics (if necessary), and with a postoperative appointment.