Wisdom teeth usually make their grand appearance during an individual’s late teens or early twenties. These teeth are third molars and located in the very back of the mouth. They are the last teeth to emerge, both upper and lower. For lucky individuals, wisdom teeth will erupt through the gums and silently take their place, causing very little trouble.
Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. In cases like these, the wisdom teeth may become impacted and never quite fully erupt. Partial eruptions are attributed to the angle of the tooth’s entry or a lack of jaw room. A common type of impaction is mesial. When this happens, the wisdom tooth comes in at an odd angle, pushing forward toward the front of the mouth.
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they must be removed. Failure to extract the tooth will result in the following:
• Gum tenderness
• Severe pain
Even in cases where your wisdom teeth have erupted and are seemingly harmless, you may still want to consider removal. Wisdom teeth are tucked away in your mouth, making it difficult for your toothbrush to reach them for proper cleaning. Eventually, the teeth will begin to decay because they can not be cleaned properly. Recurring infections, and even periodontal disease can also be a problem for individuals with whole or partially erupted wisdom teeth.
When Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. First, we’ll want to order panoramic X-rays to find out if you need to remove your wisdom teeth sooner rather than later. Ideally, we want to remove your wisdom teeth as quickly as possible. Removing these teeth before they have fully erupted is ideal because the roots have not fully formed, and the bone surrounding the teeth is not as dense, making extraction easier. Not only is extraction easier when wisdom teeth first form, but the recovery time is quicker.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
We understand that oral surgery can be scary, which is why we take our time to explain the process to you. First, we’ll numb the area around the wisdom tooth, using a local anesthetic before the extraction process begins. In some situations, we may opt to use medication to sedate you during the procedure. This method is used when patients express signs of anxiety or nervousness.
If the tooth is impacted, your dentist will remove a section of the bone covering the tooth. To reduce the amount of bone e removed along with the tooth, your dentist will section the tooth and then extract each piece through the small opening in the bone.
How Long Is the Recovery Process?
Recovery from wisdom tooth removal varies from person to person. It depends on the amount of difficulty related to the procedure and individual complications. When you have your wisdom teeth removed by one of our dentists, we provide you with detailed information about the procedure and what to expect from the recovery process.