Impacted Wisdom Tooth
What is Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Impacted wisdom teeth (or impacted third molars) are wisdom teeth which do not fully erupt into the mouth because of blockage from other teeth (impaction).
Why teeth are impacted
Wisdom teeth usually begin to come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Dentists call these teeth third molars. We have totally, four wisdom teeth, two, in both upper and lower jaws. Wisdom teeth get impacted (fail to come in the mouth), because of lack of space. The reason for lack of space could be many, but prime reason is gradually smaller size of our jaws, as a part of evolutionary process.
Our diet has undergone change, whereby, we hardly chew our food. Most of the times, we simply swallow. There is not sufficient exercise for the Muscles of Mastication.
Why to remove impacted teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause lot of problems. Sleeping, or horizontal placement, can push the tooth in the front, leading to pressure decay. This results in disturbed contact between its neighbouring teeth. If the wisdom teeth do not have an open connection to the mouth, pain can develop with the onset of inflammation or infection or damage to the adjacent teeth. They come in at the wrong angle. They may press against your other teeth. Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars. You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.
It can be easily removed by small surgical procedure in a dental set up under local anesthesia. Patients can expect some discomfort for a period of 4-5 days. However, they can carry out normal activities like attending office, driving, etc. more