Dentists Explain What Goes on in a Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure


Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the most posterior teeth on both ends of the upper and lower jaws. They typically erupt last and often cause crowding of other existing dentition due to the lack of space for eruption. Often, many patients experience various degrees of pain as the wisdom teeth begin to appear, which makes extraction sometimes necessary. Before you undergo wisdom teeth removal, however, you might want to discuss with your dentist what you can expect.


During the first visit, the patient will be asked a series of questions such as the severity of pain and a presence of fever or swelling. A panoramic X – ray may be taken for further evaluation. At that time, it is determined if the wisdom teeth qualify for removal. The reasons may vary and may include intrinsic (gastric) or extrinsic (dietary) factors.

Because the wisdom teeth are located in the most difficult part of the mouth to reach, they are hard to maintain and are never fully cleaned by the patients, especially those with limited hand mobility. These areas harbor excessive amounts of bacteria, plaque and tartar leading to an unpleasant odor in the mouth. Read more on this article:


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