Wisdom teeth extraction is recommended when the third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, emerge improperly or cause complications. This often occurs due to lack of space, leading to impaction, misalignment, or partial eruption. Wisdom teeth extraction may also be advised proactively to prevent potential future issues.
Wisdom teeth extraction aims to address problems such as preventing impaction, reducing the risk of infection, alleviating pain, and avoiding damage to adjacent teeth or surrounding structures. Extraction can contribute to overall oral health and prevent potential orthodontic concerns.
To evaluate the position and complexity of the case, it is recommended to take an OPG (Orthopantomogram) X-ray. In the majority of situations, extraction of one or more wisdom teeth can be accomplished under local anaesthesia in a single day. However, for more complex cases, particularly those involving severe impactions, it is advisable to have the extractions conducts by an oral surgeon.
While wisdom teeth typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, the eruption timeline varies for individuals. Some people may get their wisdom teeth earlier or later, and some may not develop them at all.