The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. In many cases, they don’t cause any problems but for some people, they can be troublesome. If you’re having difficulties with your wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth removal may be an option.
A brief introduction to wisdom teeth removal
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last of the adult teeth to develop. Many people won’t need their wisdom teeth extracted but in some cases, the third molars can cause discomfort and oral health complications. This is usually due to a lack of space in the jaw, which prevents the teeth from growing normally. If your wisdom teeth are causing you severe pain or discomfort or there is a risk of dental disease, your dentist may recommend wisdom tooth removal.
When would you need wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth removal is usually recommended for patients who have impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth is caused by a shortage of space in the jaw. As the wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, sometimes, there isn’t enough space for them to develop properly. If you don’t have sufficient room for the tooth, it may start to grow at an angle and push against the neighboring tooth. This is known as an impacted tooth. If your tooth is impacted and it is causing you pain, extraction may be the best course of action.
In some cases, the wisdom teeth can increase the risk of dental issues because they can be difficult to reach. If you are unable to clean your teeth thoroughly, or the tooth is pushing against the neighboring molar, there is a risk of plaque forming and collecting, which elevates the risk of decay, gum disease and dental infections.
What does wisdom teeth removal involve?
Removing a wisdom tooth is often more complex than extracting one of the front teeth due to the location of the teeth. Before the procedure, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen and they will use anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to minimize discomfort. Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will then start the process of loosening the tooth in the socket. Using dental utensils, your dentist will gently widen the socket, easing the tooth out. In some cases, your dentist may need to make a very small incision in the gum to allow more room for the tooth to come out.
Once the tooth has been extracted, the next stage of the procedure is to stem bleeding and initiate the healing process. Sutures will be used to close an incision if a cut was made in the gum tissue and gauze may be added to stop bleeding. Your dentist will ensure that you feel fine and provide you with advice to care for the wound before you leave. If you have any questions, or you need advice after you get home, we’re always on hand to help.
If you have concerns about your wisdom teeth or you’d like to schedule an appointment with Birmingham Dental simply give us a call and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help and answer any questions or concerns that you may have..