Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Even though they erupt later, wisdom teeth or your “third molars”, are as important as any other teeth. However, with little room left inside the mouth, their eruption often comes riddled with problems, such as impaction. This often lead to pain, infection or facial swelling.
More About Your Third Molars
The eruption of your wisdom teeth is considered a dental milestone that occurs between the ages of 16-21. They are called as such because they come in at a more mature age. They may make you feel some discomfort at the start, but when they come through correctly, they can help you chew.
Due to the lack of space at the time when your wisdom teeth finally appear, they often come through in the wrong position. Your dentist will refer to this as impacted, which means it is trapped in your jaw or under your gums or is stuck against the tooth in front of it.
In cases where part of the wisdom tooth has appeared through the gum and a part of it is still covered, the gum may become sore and swollen in a condition called “pericoronitis.” Bits of food and bacteria may collect under the gum’s edge and will be difficult to remove. However, this can be managed using mouthwashes, certain cleaning methods, and possibly antibiotics if its inflamed. If the problem persists, you may have to consider having the tooth removed.
Reasons for Having the Wisdom Teeth Taken Out
If your wisdom teeth are not causing any problems, your dentist will not remove it. However, extraction may be necessary under the following circumstances:
- If your wisdom tooth is causing any form of discomfort.
- If the teeth only came through part of the way and are decayed or have caused the neighbouring tooth to be decayed.
- Cellulitis (a bacterial infection to the tongue, cheek or throat.)
- The presence of cysts of benign growths.
What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth removal is a fairly common procedure. If the dentist thinks that you need to have your wisdom tooth removed, he will first have to confirm it through an X-ray of your mouth. This gives him a clearer view of how your teeth are positioned.
This procedure starts with you given a local anaesthetic injection to numb the area around the tooth. However, depending on the complexity of the wisdom tooth extraction and comfort level, you may also be placed under sedation anaesthesia or general anaesthesia.
To widen the tooth socket, the dentist will rock the tooth back and forth. This will not be painful, but you may feel a bit of pressure. In some cases an incision may have to be created on your gum and the tooth cut into smaller pieces before it is removed. The entire procedure can take around 20 minutes or longer.
Get your smile back and free yourself from the pain of poorly positioned wisdom teeth. Dental Focus offers wisdom tooth extraction and a range of other procedures to provide you with better dental health. Book your appointment today for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.