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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Why Do Some People Need to Have their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

by Myrtle Banks

Children start getting their permanent teeth by the time they are around six years old or older. As they reach adulthood, they will have 28 teeth, until their wisdom teeth come in. The wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars, and they are the last of the adult teeth to come in. Most people discover that they have their wisdom teeth by the time they are in their late teens or early in their twenties.

Often, the wisdom teeth come in with no problems at all. But, there are many people who end up needing to have these teeth extracted by their family dentists or dental surgeons, for one of the following reasons.

Lack of Space in the Mouth

Some people have mouths that are too small to be able to accommodate these extra teeth. When this is the case, the wisdom teeth aren't able to break through the gums and come to the surface. Basically, the wisdom teeth are stuck beneath the skin, and they are caught up between teeth, bones, and gum tissue. This is what is known as impacted teeth.

In some cases, patients don't even realize that they have impacted teeth unless the problem shows up in a dental X-ray. For some patients, the pain can be almost unbearable, and there may be swelling as well. An impacted tooth can become infected, and must be treated by antibiotics before it can be extracted.

Wisdom Teeth only Partially Break through the Skin

Sometimes, a wisdom will partially break through the gums, but it won't come up any further. When this happens, there is an opening that food can get into. This leads to plaque, as well as bacteria, which can end up being trapped between the tooth and the part of the gum that is still covering it. Eventually, this will lead to painful infections, and the patient will need to have an extraction. This problem can also lead to gum disease, which can't be reversed.

Crooked Wisdom Teeth

Sometimes the wisdom teeth come in crooked, and in some cases they are even facing the wrong way. This can lead to irritations in the mouth, especially around the cheek and tongue. When wisdom teeth are crooked, they are hard to clean, and when they aren't cleaned properly, cavities can form, as well as infections in the gums caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria.