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Oral Surgery in Kensington

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Wisdom tooth growth

A wisdom tooth, or the third molar, is the most posteriorly located permanent tooth in the mouth. A wisdom tooth, when present, usually grows and erupts after the age of 17. Some individuals may never develop wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth may erupt normally, as for the other molar teeth, without causing any serious symptoms.

Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt fully or only partially. An impacted wisdom tooth may grow at an anterior, posterior, horizontal, or right angle to the adjacent teeth. When it grows straight upwards but confined by the adjacent anatomical structures, it may get entrapped within the jawbone.

On the other hand, some individuals may develop wisdom teeth that are angled, impacted, or pushing the front teeth because of the insufficient space for them to develop and erupt into the mouth normally.

Problems with impacted wisdom teeth

The impacted wisdom teeth may result in none or some of the following temporary or long-term symptoms, hence require surgical removal.

Please see above the OPG radiograph enclosed in the page the carious upper wisdom teeth causing a toothache.

Please also see the mesio-angulated carious lower wisdom teeth causing toothache and migration of the anterior teeth.

Wisdom tooth extraction

It is difficult to predict future problems with impacted wisdom teeth. Although some dental specialists may disagree about the value of extracting the asymptomatic wisdom teeth, there are some rationales for their preventative extraction:

Surgical risks and complications

While there is less risk for serious surgical complications in younger adults, older adults may experience more surgical complications after surgery. Most wisdom tooth extractions don’t result in long-term complications. However, removing impacted wisdom teeth occasionally requires a surgical approach that involves making an incision in the gum tissue and removing bone. Rarely, complications can include:

Surgical procedures
Please see the link below to see the protocols for surgical AFTERCARE.

Aftercare

Root Canal Tretment