Wisdom Teeth Removal & Extraction
The third molars, which are commonly called the wisdom teeth, are typically the last teeth to come in. Because they are the last to erupt, there is often not enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow in as they should. When there is not sufficient space for the wisdom teeth, they may become impacted (unable to fully break through the gum tissues and jawbone) or grow in at an incorrect angle. Some common issues that result from impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Gum Disease
- Tooth Decay
- Pain & Discomfort
- Trapped Food
- Damage to Nearby Teeth
- Cyst Development
To prevent these potential future problems, wisdom teeth extraction might be recommended even if the impacted teeth aren’t causing any problems.
What to Expect During the Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
During the Procedure
For the wisdom tooth removal procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will use one of three types of anesthesia depending on the complexity of extractions: Local Anesthesia, Sedation Anesthesia, General Anesthesia.
The process involves: making incisions in the gum tissue, removing bone that blocks the tooth root, dividing the tooth into sections for easy removal, the removal of the wisdom tooth, followed by a thorough cleaning.
After the Procedure
If you’ve received either sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia, you will be taken to a recovery room. If you were under local anesthesia, your recovery time will be in the dental chair. It’s important to make sure that you have your transportation arrangements taken care of as you won’t be able to drive after receiving anesthetics.
Following your wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with instructions for a healthy and speedy recovery. These instructions will include tips for pain management, dietary restrictions, and guidelines for cleaning your mouth. Contact us to book a consultation!
Frequently Asked Questions
Wisdom teeth don’t necessarily have to be removed if they grow in correctly positioned and function properly. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted and cause crowding in your teeth, it’s important to have them extracted to avoid damaging the surrounding teeth. If your wisdom teeth become impacted, it can lead to infection, gum disease, crowding, and damage to your other teeth.