What they are and why it is critical to remove them!
Why Should You Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth extractions aren’t always required but are common to prevent further complications in the future and relieve discomfort, swelling, and pain.
If impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, they can develop into problems like:
- Nearby tooth damage: Second molars (the teeth directly in front of the wisdom teeth) can be adversely affected by impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in tooth decay (cavities), periodontal disease (gum disease), and possible bone loss.
- Disease: While it is not a common occurrence, it is possible for cysts and tumors to appear around impacted wisdom teeth.
- Infection: Infection can easily occur if food and bacteria become lodged under the gum tissue. The infection can cause considerable pain and be hazardous to your health.
Tooth Crowding: Impacted wisdom teeth grow towards your other teeth, causing pressure and misalignment (sometimes even crowding or twisting those teeth). Please note that this is only just a theory, and not all dentists subscribe to it, due to its lack of validation in scientific studies.
What Happens During a Wisdom Teeth Examination?
Your dentist will want to do a thorough examination of the wisdom teeth and surrounding teeth before proceeding with an extraction surgery, as with any other dental procedure. Your dentist will use panoramic or digital X-rays to assess the position of your wisdom teeth and determine whether there is a current problem or the likelihood of future complications.
Additional risk factors, such as degeneration or decay of neighboring teeth, may be revealed by X-rays. Early evaluation and treatment (usually in the mid-teen years) are indicated to identify potential problems and enhance the outcomes for wisdom tooth extraction. Your dentist can only give you the best solutions for your situation after a comprehensive examination.
If you feel your wisdom teeth coming in or are worried about potential complications, please contact us immediately.
What Does the Removal of Wisdom Teeth Involve?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a frequent treatment that is usually performed in an office surgical suite under local anesthetic, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia by a properly qualified dentist. The procedure does not necessitate an overnight stay, and you will be given post-operative instructions as well as medicine (if necessary) to assist control any swelling or discomfort.