What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Your wisdom teeth will typically begin to show up on dental x-rays around the time you’re 17 to 25 years old. While some patients experience no problems with their wisdom teeth coming in, others simply do not have enough room for these third molars to come in properly. This causes the wisdom teeth to become impacted, which could lead to pain, swelling, infections and abscesses forming around the wisdom teeth themselves. It is important to have these teeth removed if they are posing or could pose a threat to your oral health.
Why would Wisdom Teeth Removal be needed?
If your wisdom teeth aren’t bothering you right now, you might assume that you can leave them alone. Unfortunately, wisdom tooth trouble is often insidious in that it can get pretty bad rather quickly. Some of the different problems that can come from impacted or only partially erupted wisdom teeth include:
- Severe pain and discomfort
- Swelling, infections and abscessing
- Headaches and ear aches
- Damage to surrounding teeth
Who is a good candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We can often detect wisdom teeth on special x-rays. These x-rays allow us to see where the wisdom teeth are located and how they’re currently positioned. We will then be able to schedule you to come in to have the extraction process completed. Wisdom tooth removal isn’t as scary as you might think, and it can easily prevent many dental problems from occurring in the future.
What happens during the Wisdom Teeth Removal process?
The removal process will begin with either a sedative or anesthetic of your choice. We then make an incision through the gums and remove the underlying impacted wisdom tooth. If the wisdom tooth is underneath bone (called a bony impaction), we may need to drill slightly into this bone to retrieve the tooth. We then place sutures to close the gums and repeat the process for any other wisdom teeth. We can remove one or more wisdom teeth during the appointment, but we often suggest removing all of them if there is a chance that they’ll be a problem at some point in the future. You can expect some pain and swelling following surgery, but we will provide you with important aftercare instructions to minimize post-operative complications.
If you would like to discuss having your wisdom teeth removed, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members who can further assist you.