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Impaction (Wisdom Teeth)

These are the third molars, which appear around 17 and 21 years and are the last teeth to appear. The name derives from the fact that this is the age at which worldly wisdom is attained.

When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew food, but when there is not enough space in the arch then the wisdom teeth get impacted or they may erupt in an abnormal pathway and cause problems. Impacted teeth are the teeth, which are trapped inside the jawbone or soft tissue.

Wisdom teeth that aren’t in the right position can make it difficult to floss. This can lead to accumulation of food particles, which makes them prone for cavities.

Wisdom teeth that have partially erupted may cause deep periodontal pockets and in turn may also lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in your jaw. Other complications include crowding or damage neighboring teeth or a cyst may form around an impacted tooth and can damage the nearby vital tooth structures.

General Indications for extraction of wisdom teeth:
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts or Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Crowding
  • Gum infection
  • Tooth decay
  • Pre orthodontic extraction
  • Pre prosthetic extraction