There are many connotations regarding the meaning of wisdom teeth, but the most common is that they are signs of being “wise” or being adult, since they appear between ages 17 to 25. But in dentistry, they are the third molars that may grow impacted, i.e. angled or not erupting fully. This could lead to many dental problems; so, it would be very “wise” for those who have impacted with it to consult a dentist.Checkout this article for more info.
(1)A word of caution. Once a malformed wisdom tooth is removed, it can never be replaced by any implant crown. You should consider whether an operation is very necessary or regular brushing is enough to prevent dental troubles.
(2)Categories of impacted wisdom teeth. Most of it are angled toward the front of the mouth (mesioangular); few are horizontally angled (horizontal). Some also grow vertically but not fully erupted in the gums (vertical); others are inclined backwards (distoangular) or sideward. And still some can be categorized as completely attached to the jaw bone (bony) and others are covered by tissue called operculum (soft tissue).
(3)Reasons for wisdom teeth removal. Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed because food debris and bacteria can gather inside the space and cause tooth decay and gum infections. Regular brushing is not enough especially with horizontal and soft tissue impaction. You may also bite the side of your mouth or your gums because of sideward or backward angled wisdom teeth. Moreover, when you try to clean the gaps by toothpick or floss, gums may be wounded resulting to bleeding and gum infections. Pains caused by crooked wisdom teeth can affect your biting, eating habit, and even your general health.
(4)Extraction of wisdom teeth. The issue of extracting impacted wisdom tooth is unlike the case of other teeth (which may be replaced by implant crown or other artificial teeth). The common reason for removing wisdom is the avoidance of future dental troubles such as tooth decay and infections. The operation is just the same with common teeth extraction but with careful preparation regarding the patient’s eating habit and vices.
(5)Consequences. Removal of wisdom teeth may result in bleeding, swelling, nerve injuries and difficulty in eating, and some dentists argue that extraction is likely to create greater problems than not removing the impacted teeth. Yet there are also successful operations. For now, the decision remains at the patient’s and dentist’s discretions.
There may be alternative dental procedures like teeth whitening, putting dental bridges or implant crown, etc. but with regard to your wisdom teeth, a wise decision would be extraction.