Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Extraction of third molars can protect the overall health of the mouth. It is generally recommended when the following conditions occur:
- Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. Pain, swelling, jaw stiffness and general illness can result.
- Impacted wisdom teeth may continue growing without enough room,damaging adjacent teeth.
- A fluid-filled sac (cyst) or tumor forms, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.