Wisdom Teeth Removal
Remove Your Wisdom Teeth to Avoid Complications
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, tend to erupt much later than other permanent teeth. It usually happens in late adolescence or early adulthood. Most adults have two wisdom teeth on each side, but it’s possible to have fewer, more or none at all.
If wisdom teeth are healthy, correctly positioned and are not causing any complications, there is no reason to have them removed. However, in many cases, the mouth is not large enough to accommodate these molars and they cause problems. We will remove your wisdom teeth if they have any potential of causing complications.
Why You Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth
When wisdom teeth do not have enough space, they are considered impacted. There are different levels of impaction. Sometimes the tooth emerges from the jawbone, but doesn’t erupt through the gum line. In other cases, it may only partially erupt through the gum line or it may remain encased in the jawbone and never emerge.
Without enough space, your wisdom teeth can push against your other molars, lean or tilt. This can lead to problems with adjacent teeth, the nerves and the jawbone.
Wisdom teeth that break the surface but don’t erupt fully can cause infected gum tissue and pain, swelling or a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes wisdom teeth grow in positions that make them very difficult to clean, increasing your risk of decay and gum disease.
Throughout your teens and twenties, our dentists will be monitoring the situation with your wisdom teeth. It is easier to remove these teeth in the late teens or early 20s before the roots have solidified. Recovery is also usually faster in younger patients.
Certain symptoms indicate that the gum around an impacted wisdom tooth has become affected. Some of these symptoms of infection include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling in the lymph nodes
- Pain in the jaw, gum line or temple
- Jaw stiffness and problems opening the mouth
Regular dental visits and routine x-rays can catch problems with your wisdom teeth early on. We will explain your options and recommend a treatment plan based on your needs. Wisdom tooth removal can be quite simple in certain cases or more complicated in others. For instance, a severely impacted tooth involves a more complex surgical procedure.
How are Wisdom Teeth Removed
We may be able to remove wisdom teeth with the aid of a local anesthetic while you’re sitting in the dental chair. You may want to undergo sedation, in which case we will thoroughly review your health history to avoid complications.
If your situation is more complex, due to the position and shape of the roots, you may need to undergo general anesthetic and have your wisdom teeth removed in hospital.
Typically, all of your wisdom teeth are removed at the same time. This reduces the need for repeat surgery. Wisdom teeth tend to be large, so you may need stitches after they’re removed. The stitches usually dissolve on their own after a few weeks.
Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal
After the procedure, we will give you directions on care and how to manage any pain. You need to be diligent about oral care to avoid the development of infections and complications.
Recovery time varies, according to the severity of the impaction and how many teeth were removed. In the first 24 hours after removal, it’s best to avoid applying pressure to the wound and if you need to rinse your mouth, do so gently. Within 24 hours, you should be able to brush your teeth and gargle.
The most common cause of pain after having wisdom teeth removed is dry sockets, which usually occur three to four days later. A blood clot forms in the socket protecting bone and exposed nerve endings.
If it’s dislodged, the area is exposed to air, foods and fluids and this can cause severe pain. If you have intense pain that you believe is being caused by dry sockets, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.
You can resume normal sedentary activities as soon as you feel up to them, but any physical exertion requires waiting a bit longer as you don’t want to dislodge the blood clot.
Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal
After the procedure, we will It is important for patients in their late teens and early twenties to have their wisdom teeth examined before they grow in. If they have the potential to cause problems, we will remove them. Schedule an appointment and our staff will answer any questions you have about wisdom teeth removal.