WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars which usually erupt between the ages of 16 to 21.. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.
WHAT IS AN IMPACTED WISDOM TOOTH?
A wisdom tooth is impacted when it is obstructed from erupting fully into the mouth, either by the tooth in front of it or the surrounding bone or gums.
PROBLEM CAUSED BY IMPACTED WISDOM TOOTH
Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, damage to the tooth in front, gum problems, and rarely, cyst. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may cause no apparent or immediate problems. But because they’re hard to clean, they may be more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease than other teeth are.
HOW IS THE IMPACTED WISDOM TOOTH REMOVED?
A minor surgical procedure can be performed to remove it. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia and the surgery involves uncovering the tooth by lifting the overlying gums aside to expose the tooth and bone. The tooth may need to be sectioned in order to remove it. The gums are then stitched back.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth Explained