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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
April 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth   tooth removal  

The removal of wisdom teeth might seem like a rite of passage that everyone has to go through in their late teens or early twenties, but wisdom teethit's not always a required procedure. Dr. S. Clint Hudson, your oral surgeon in Huntsville, AL, has many years of experience in treating wisdom tooth problems. Below is information on what wisdom teeth are and why some people need to have theirs removed.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final set of four molars that typically emerge sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. Located in the back of the mouth, they can be useful for chewing foods like meat or raw vegetables. But because earlier humans had larger heads, and therefore larger jaws, many people no longer have room for them to grow in properly. Below are some scenarios that necessitate removal of the wisdom teeth by your Huntsville oral surgeon.

Crowding

Molars are the largest teeth in the mouth, and the wisdom teeth are no exception. If there isn't space for them to come in, they will begin to push up against the other teeth to make room. This can lead to the other teeth becoming crooked, which is especially troubling for those who have already had orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth.

Impaction

This is a situation where the wisdom teeth have essentially become "stuck" in their attempt to break through the gums. Impaction can be complete or partial. When wisdom teeth are partially impacted, leftover food in the mouth can become stuck under the gums where the teeth have started to emerge, leading to infection. Completely impacted wisdom teeth can lead to painful cysts.

Your oral surgeon, Dr. Hudson, can check the status of your wisdom teeth by using X-rays to determine their growth pattern. He may recommend removal before they even come in to prevent problems. The wise thing to do is to contact his oral surgery office in Huntsville, AL, to schedule an evaluation today!