Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Humans have 32 adult teeth. At the age of 13, 28 of them should have erupted. However, the last four may not appear until you are in your twenties or later. They are known as third molars. People at this age are at the most significant risk.
When the teeth cannot erupt through the gums, or sometimes the eruptions are partial, they can trigger a lot of pain and impair regular activities. Due to the excruciating pain caused by misaligned or overcrowded teeth, the wisdom teeth will be in the far corner of your mouth, requiring an extraction. There is no need to be concerned or afraid. There are now many options for painless treatment, such as sedation dentistry, which allows you to be pain-free, sometimes unconscious throughout the whole procedure.
If you notice pain, tenderness, and a protruding wisdom tooth, consult your dentist as soon as possible. Wisdom tooth extraction will most likely be possible. Glen Park Dental is here to help find ways to alleviate the symptoms and fix the root of the problem at once.
What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction is the name of the procedure where a dentist extracts your third molar, also known as 'wisdom tooth.’ People whose age is between 18-25 years may experience having an impacted tooth.
Wisdom teeth are usually extracted to prevent teeth misalignment. A severely impacted tooth may cause multiple symptoms to appear; thus, dentists recommend its surgical removal. With Dr. Hakimi at Glen Park Dental, you can undergo the procedure under either oral or inhalation sedation due to the treatment’s invasive nature.
What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Before the advent of technology, impacted tooth removal was usually done without proper tools and necessary sedation. Fortunately, modern times have produced safe and sophisticated treatments in extracting impacted teeth while numbing and managing pain during and after the procedure and protecting the jawbones and soft tissues.
Today, all patients who undergo a wisdom tooth extraction are sedated. During the procedure, Dr. Hakimi makes a small incision to extract the impacted tooth, clean the area being treated, and suture it close. After the procedure, Dr. Hakimi or one of our team members will discuss the medicines you should take to manage the pain and some other techniques to reduce swelling and bruising.
Why Choose Our Service?
At Glen Park Dental, we evaluate the impacted tooth’s position by examining the mouth and taking an x-ray to probe for dental problems that could potentially turn for the worse if not treated early. Our seasoned and highly trained dentists will put the patient under appropriate anesthesia in our office when performing outpatient surgery. Studies show that early evaluation and treatment are highly beneficial to the patients. That is why patients as young as middle schoolers should have their mouth evaluated by a dentist, orthodontist, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Benefits
Less Crowding Means Fewer Orthodontic Problems
The eruption of wisdom teeth can damage the teeth’ organization in your mouth when nearby molars get pushed out of the way, causing misalignment in your teeth. Having your wisdom tooth removed is one way for you to avoid wearing braces and other corrective procedures to address teeth misalignment. If you had your braces mounted before your wisdom teeth erupted, the extraction could spare you from undoing your hard-earned smile.
When wisdom teeth erupt through the gums, it is usually expected that they cause overcrowding among well-established adult teeth. Unfortunately, when this happens, it causes unwanted movement among the rest of the teeth.
It does not only affect teeth alignment, but it also affects your comfort level as tooth movement caused by overcrowding usually aggravates headaches. However, having the wisdom teeth removed alleviates the pressure that drives teeth movement, thus significantly lessening the frequency of headaches.
Less Orofacial Pain
The eruption of wisdom teeth, causing unwanted movement and increased pressure among the rest of the established teeth, can also cause orofacial discomfort. The discomfort is even worse if the third molars’ emergence has contributed to tooth decay and gum disease. This eruption can, no doubt, significantly affect your quality of life. The good news is, wisdom teeth extraction can mitigate all these painful and uncomfortable effects of third molar eruption and overcrowding.
Prevent Damage to Nearby Teeth
Impacted teeth could build pressure among the nearby teeth, causing them to lose their roots and diminish their enamel. As a consequence, the teeth close to the wisdom teeth become prone to cavities and bone loss. Aside from that, wisdom teeth are hard to reach during brushing, which hardly keeps them clean at all. Removal of it will prevent you from undergoing more costly and uncomfortable procedures such as root canals and fillings.
Decreased Risk Of Oral Disease
If the third molars are not extracted early, they can cause dental and gum diseases, eventually leading to infections, vital tissue loss, and discomfort. By having these wisdom teeth removed, you spare yourself from more serious oral health problems.
The overcrowding and shifting can put your teeth at risk of developing infections. The pressure and movement could irritate and expose the gums, bones, and teeth to bacteria that cause tooth decay and tooth loss. The pain caused by the pressure of teeth movement may distract you from detecting infection symptoms early, thus making it harder to treat. Fortunately, wisdom tooth removal can significantly mitigate the discomfort and reduce the risk of oral infections.
Prevent Cysts, Tumours, And Jaw Damage
Impacted molars can breed bacteria that could cause not only infections but also cyst or tumor development. These tumors can spread in the jawbone, causing severe joint pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If this happens, you would need a TMJ specialist to treat the disease.
How Wisdom tooth Extraction Works
Step 1: Preparation
The dentist or oral surgeon will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth area being treated. Sometimes, they would use nitrous oxide or oral sedation pills so that the patient is sedated during the procedure and would not remember it afterward.
Step 2: Removal of tooth
It is relatively easy to extract wisdom teeth that have grown straight. The dentist can simply pull them out using their tools without necessarily putting you through surgery. However, oral surgery will be required if your teeth are impacted. In this case, the dentist will cut open the gum tissue covering the wisdom tooth. This procedure is done by particularly numbing the treated area first, then making a flap in the gum tissue. The dentist will then extract the tooth out of its socket. In some cases, if the whole tooth does not move while being wiggled, the dentist may need to section it into several pieces first before extracting them one by one.
Step 3: Cleansing
After extracting the tooth, the dentist will clean the whole treated area then suture back the gum tissue flap. He will put gauze in the treated area to halt the bleeding.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have enough space for third molars to grow together with the rest of the adult, established teeth, then you can opt to retain them. After all, the goal is to have teeth grow straight and healthy. However, if impacted teeth jeopardize the health of the nearby teeth, then they should be extracted.
Keeping your mouth clean is very vital whether you had a wisdom tooth extracted or any other tooth, for that matter. It is essential to keep bacteria away from the treated site to prevent infection. To do this, you should periodically rinse your mouth with warm salt water and brush your teeth while carefully avoiding the treated area. In some cases, you will be recommended by your dentist to use an antibiotic rinse.
No. Once a wisdom tooth is removed, it can’t grow back. However, it is possible to have more than the typical wisdom teeth (four wisdom teeth). The other teeth that erupt after your wisdom teeth have been removed are called supernumerary teeth.
The wound would take weeks to heal fully. Therefore, it is crucial to clean and care for your mouth to avoid infections. As for going back to a routine, most people can do so three or four days after the wisdom teeth surgery. In some cases, it could take a week if the impacted teeth erupted at a weird angle.
Although four is the most common, it is possible to have five or no wisdom teeth. Some people do not have wisdom teeth at all!
When wisdom teeth erupt, they have broken through the gums, usually painful with slight swelling and soreness. It can also put itself and other nearby teeth prone to cavities as there are not enough spaces for the teeth to grow, thus causing food traps and bacterial buildup.
If wisdom teeth are not extracted, they could cause more severe damage to your mouth, such as nearby teeth damage, cyst growth, jaw damage, cavities, infected gums, misalignment, or sinus problems.
Jaw pain, tenderness, gum swelling, and abscess, if an infection is present, are symptoms of wisdom teeth eruption. Sometimes, you can even see it floating through the gum line behind your second molar. However, some people do not experience any visible or noticeable symptoms of wisdom teeth eruption in some cases.
It is okay to keep wisdom teeth if there is enough space for them to thrive. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly so he can monitor your wisdom teeth and guide you through the right course of action.
Our ancestors used their third molars to grind hard-to-digest food, making them have more enormous jaws and mouths with enough space for third molars to grow. As time went on, humans have started eating cooked food and have developed better digestive system. Our jaws and teeth have also evolved smaller, making our mouths less conducive for a set of third molars to grow in each corner.
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