Wisdom teeth, also known as “eights,” emerge as the last of our molars, typically between the ages of 17 and 21. This is where their name comes from, suggesting that during this period, a person becomes an adult and wise. However, with the appearance of wisdom teeth, many issues can arise, eventually leading to the removal of these teeth.
Wisdom teeth, or “eights,” are molars, large corner teeth. They have two or three roots and a wide chewing surface.
There is a theory that our ancestors needed this additional set of molars to deal with hard and tough food. However, today, the removal of wisdom teeth has become one of the most common dental procedures.
What Can Go Wrong
The main problem with wisdom teeth is that they begin to grow when all other root teeth have already developed and formed the dental arch. Therefore, there is often not enough space for the eighth teeth to grow. In such cases, specific problems may occur, including:
- Wisdom teeth start growing in the wrong direction, such as towards neighboring teeth or the cheek.
- Wisdom teeth grow in the right direction but crowd and alter the dental arch.
- Wisdom teeth only partially erupt or do not erupt at all, remaining deep within the gums. This can be accompanied by inflammations and the formation of abscesses, negatively affecting adjacent teeth.
- Wisdom teeth fully erupt but are prone to constant problems because they are challenging to clean thoroughly with a toothbrush, leading to the accumulation of food debris and bacteria. Eventually, this results in the development of cavities not only in the wisdom teeth but also in neighboring teeth.
When to Remove Wisdom Teeth
Some lucky individuals have well-developed, healthy wisdom teeth that have grown where they should. Consequently, there is no indication for the removal of wisdom teeth in their case. Unfortunately, this is not very common. Most of us, and according to recent studies, approximately 70% of people, have various problems with their wisdom teeth. Here are some of them:
- Pain and swelling
- Cavities and gum inflammation
- Abscesses and cysts
- Tooth damage
- Damage to adjacent teeth or cheek soft tissues.
Of course, wisdom teeth can be treated, just like any other teeth. However, the most optimal and widely accepted way to address these problems is to remove wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
In the hands of professionals, the removal of wisdom teeth becomes safe and comfortable. At Yarema Dental, we use computer tomography for diagnostics, magnify images 2.5-25 times using special optics, making our actions highly precise. We also make use of all the advantages of piezosurgery.
Piezosurgery is a modern method of dental surgery. Its main characteristics and advantages include:
- Ultrasonic technology – the use of ultrasonic vibrations for cutting tissues. Thanks to this technology, it is possible to precisely and minimally invasively remove bone and muscle tissues around wisdom teeth.
- Precision – due to high precision, piezosurgery leads to less tissue damage and helps avoid complications after wisdom teeth removal. In addition, the high accuracy of the procedure helps reduce the risk of damage to adjacent vessels, teeth, and mucous membranes.
- Minimal invasiveness – piezosurgery minimally heats the tissues of the oral cavity, reducing the risk of inflammation and trauma.
- Rapid recovery – patients typically recover faster after piezosurgery and experience less pain.
Our professionals perform wisdom teeth removal in Kyiv using piezosurgery methods. Visit us for a consultation to have the experienced surgeons at Yarema Dental determine if this method will be effective for your case.