Basically Wisdom Teeth are defined as the final and third set of molars that one gets in their late teens or early twenties. These are basically misaligned teeth that really don’t add to any function but can emerge at the most unlikely of places in the mouth like above the tongue or even at extreme corners of your molars. Wisdom teeth may also lead to extreme tooth pain and fever.
HOW IS WISDOM TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Dentists evaluate your symptoms and examine your teeth. The doctor may check for inflammation or gum disease due to eruption of Wisdom Teeth. Tooth decay is also evaluated. A dental X-ray or a skull X-ray helps determine status of teeth.
HOW IS WISDOM TEETH TREATED?
Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:
• Damage to neighboring teeth
• Gum disease
• Tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)
DID YOU KNOW?
After a tooth is extracted a blood clot forms in the tooth socket and seals the area so that it can heal. A dry socket occurs during the first five days after extraction, when the blood clot breaks down or is dislodged, it exposes the bone and nerves of the tooth. Only 2 to 5% of people will develop a dry socket.