In the past, the need for a third pair of molars was undeniable - they were gnawing and chopping of the hardest food. For many centuries, we eat differently than our primitive ancestors. Processing and cooking made our diet much softer, saving us from having to make great efforts to grind it. As a result, wisdom teeth eventually lost their original purpose and became weak and vulnerable.
What problems can wisdom teeth bring us?
Let's start with the eruption. As it is known, molars do not have any precursors, namely, milk teeth. Therefore, the eruption process is always more painful and difficult. In addition, due to the inaccessibility of this element of the dentition and, as a result, poor hygiene in the area of growth of this tooth, there is a high chance of an infection that can lead to inflammation and other complications. Due to the evolutionarily developed small size of the jaw, a modern person can develop a dystopia - an anomaly that is an improper arrangement of the third molar, which interferes with the eruption of other teeth.
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Not erupted wisdom teeth can be compared with a sort of a time bomb. It is difficult to foresee when the trigger will work and what the consequences of the "explosion" will be. But even without problems, a third molar which has been cut through can bring a lot of troubles over time.
Initially, wisdom teeth are the most inaccessible, which makes them extremely problematic to clean. In addition, between them and neighboring molars, there is a gap in which an infection can develop.
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In what cases is it impossible to do without removal?
- Injury of the tooth (indenting or driving a tooth into the deep tissues of the jaw, fracture of the root).
- Running caries, which provoked almost complete loss of hard tissues of the tooth, in which it is not possible to replace it with a crown or filling material.
- Parodontitis is one of the most common and cunning dental diseases. Without timely medical intervention, there is a high probability of forming an abscess in this area and involving bone tissues in the pathological process.
- Cracking of the root of the tooth as a result of caries, trauma, or excessive load on the third molar.
- Various perforations (holes, cavities) in the root canal of the tooth, which are not amenable to treatment.
- Subsequent installation of braces for correction of torsion, bite, and other defects.
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