Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wisdom Teeth

The Mandibular Third Molar, commonly known as Wisdom Teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties, ages 17-25 to be exact. Sometime these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal.
Wisdom teeth can be positioned angled inward or outward, horizontally, angled toward or away from the second molars, but the most problem to these teeth are misaligned. Wisdom teeth that lean toward the second molars makes those teeth more vulnerable to decay by entrapping plaque and debris. Partially erupted teeth are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease because their hard-to-reach location of brushing and flossing.
Most dentists required the misaligned wisdom teeth to be extracted before more problems develop. Removal is easier in young people, when the wisdom teeth roots are not fully developed and the bone is less dense. Recovery and healing time tend to be longer to older people.