Why do most humans have a set of teeth that usually get removed at some point in their lives? Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that rarely grow in correctly. Most of the time, there isn’t enough room to grow in all the way, causing the tooth to come in abnormally, only partially erupting through the gums, turning sideways and rubbing up against neighboring teeth. This abnormal growth usually sets the stage for future infections, making removal necessary.
But why do you need to have a special procedure done to remove the tooth? What makes wisdom teeth so hard to remove? A number of factors affect the level of difficulty for removal:
- The angle of the tooth
- Being partially covered by gum and jawbone
- Multiple roots at unfavorable angles
- The jawbone is super dense and hard to cut into
The longer you go without removing wisdom teeth, the harder it can be to get them out, and a more painful recovery. Incoming roots will grow in and can wrap around the Inferior Aveolar nerve, making extraction particularly dangerous in regards to nerve damage. When trauma occurs to the surrounding nerve, feeling in the lips, tongue and cheek can be lost either temporary or permanently. Careful procedures are needed to avoid damage to any nerves or surrounding teeth.
Here at Simply Wisdom Teeth, Dr. Hendrickson has thousands of extractions under his belt. With the most experience in removal, you will be in and out of the office in no time flat. Call Simply Wisdom Teeth today (435) 652-1243 to setup your consultation appointment.
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