Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the four adult teeth located at the far corners of your mouth on the upper and lower jaw. They are your third and final set of molars and normally develop while you’re in your late teens or early 20s.
When Is A Wisdom Tooth Extraction Needed?
Wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary when the wisdom teeth do not have enough space to grow. This condition wherein the wisdom teeth is unable to grow normally into its allocated tunnel is known as impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth can be painful and may become infected over time thus leading to other dental problems and complications.
In most cases, the team of dentists at The Dental Specialty Center, NJ recommend removal of such teeth like this to aid proper oral health and also prevent against further complications. Wisdom tooth extraction can be done either by a dentist or an oral surgeon, both of which are available to attend to the needs of patients at The Dental Specialty Center, NJ.
To prevent against further problems in the future, our dentists may after proper examination recommend wisdom tooth extraction procedure even in the event the impacted teeth are not currently causing harm to the patient.
Why choose wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction is done to reduce pain or eliminate future pain for patients. Impacted tooth areas are caused because the third molars are the last permanent teeth to erupt and this occurs between ages 17 and 25 in most people. While some people never develop wisdom teeth, others, develop naturally and without pain. In the event of an overcrowded jaw leading to impacted wisdom teeth, it may be possible to have the new growth removed to prevent painful experiences.
An impacted tooth may be caused when the tooth:
- Grows at an angle towards the next tooth
- Grows at an angle towards the back of the mouth
- Grow at a right angle to the other teeth.
- Grow straight up or down like other teeth but is embedded in the jawbone.
Problems with impacted wisdom teeth
If you are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth, you will most likely be faced with problems such as:
- Trapping of food and debris behind the wisdom tooth
- Painful sensation
- Infection or gum diseases (periodontal diseases) caused by the accumulation of dirt and food materials
- Tooth decay
- The complication with orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth
- Development of fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
- Damage to surrounding tooth or bone
What is the risk of having A Wisdom tooth extraction?
A significant proportion of wisdom tooth extractions do not result in long-term complications. However, patients who have undergone this procedure may be required to maintain dental appointments to monitor the healing of the affected area or extraction site.
However, in rare cases, complications which may be associated with the dental procedure includes:
- Damage to surrounding teeth, jawbone, nerves, or sinuses
- Infection in the socket from bacterial
- Painful dry socket or exposure of bone when a clot is lost post-surgery from the extraction site.
Question to ask about your wisdom tooth extraction
When meeting your dentist for wisdom tooth removal procedure, it is recommended that you ask some important questions related to the procedure.
Some of these questions include:
- How complicated is the procedure likely/expected to be?
- For how long will the procedure last?
- How long does it take to completely recover post-surgery?
- What other dental treatments might I need?
- What type of anesthesia will be administered?
- How many wisdom teeth will be removed?