Why Wisdom Teeth Are Removed

Because wisdom teeth are difficult to clean as they are far back in the mouth and are not fully erupted, there may be a build-up of bacteria, plaque, and food debris around them – something that causes pain, swelling, gum infection and decay in the wisdom teeth and adjacent teeth.

Followings are the common reasons for removal of wisdom teeth.

  • Recurrent infection in the gums around the wisdom teeth called pericronitis
  • Decay in the wisdom tooth that cannot be filled.
  • Wisdom tooth causing an abscess.
  • Disease of tissues around the tooth commonly called periodontal problems.
  • Cyst formation around a wisdom tooth.
  • Wisdom tooth is causing problems under a denture.
  • Before under going jaw surgery. (Orthognathic Surgery)
  • If somebody is planning to go an area where Specialist Dental Services are limited, then, it may be advisable to have wisdom teeth removed beforehand.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation study strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be removed when the patient is a young adult in order to prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing. The researchers found that older patients may be at greater risk for disease, including periodontitis in the tissues surrounding the third molars and adjacent teeth. It’s also easier to remove the teeth in young adults, because the jaw bone is less dense and the tooth’s roots are not yet fully developed and not closer to the nerves, which supply sensations to lip, tongue and chin. It is estimated that about 85% of third molars will eventually need to be removed.

What Dental Implants Can Do & What types of prostheses are available ?
  • Single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant.
  • A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more missing teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended.
  • A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist to replace all missing teeth.

Hospitals at which I perform surgery under general anaesthesia (asleep):

  • Clane General Hospital, Prosperous Road, Clane, Co. Kildare.
  • Aut Even Private Hospital, Freshford Road, Kilkenny

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