Wisdom Teeth – Why do we need to remove wisdom teeth? Often we don’t, but because they are hard to reach, they are harder to clean and more likely to get decay. Some wisdom teeth may be growing in the wrong direction and get stuck (impacted) and this leads to problems as well.
This young patient has an impacted lower wisdom tooth causing no pain. It is under the gum and can’t be seen in the mouth. Sadly, the lower picture shows the decay highlighted in black – there is decay in the upper and lower wisdom tooth, but also the second back tooth has decayed almost to the nerve. This tooth may now need very expensive root canal therapy or extraction. The pink line shows that the lower wisdom tooth is touching the nerve in the jaw and will need specialist attention. This will require time and careful planning but unfortunately the decay has made the situation urgent.
Even older patients can have wisdom teeth problems. Not long ago one of our dentists removed a wisdom tooth from an 89 year old!
This picture shows how a cyst is damaging the jaw.