Wisdom Tooth Extraction
What is wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth (the backmost permanent teeth in your upper and lower jaws). Suppose your wisdom tooth has no space for growth. It might lead to discomfort, infection, or other tooth problems and might require removal. The dentist or oral surgeon will perform wisdom extraction.
Why remove a wisdom tooth?
The last permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth are wisdom teeth or third molars. The teeth typically appear during the age of 17 to 25 years. Some people never grow wisdom teeth. For others, the teeth of wisdom usually erupt, much as their other molars did, without causing any problems. However, most develop impacted wisdom teeth. These are wisdom teeth without adequate space to come into the mouth or develop naturally. The affected teeth of wisdom can only partially or never erupt. This might lead to complications like infection or decay in the same or adjacent teeth. Hence, the wisdom tooth has to be removed to resolve these issues.
What are the complications arising due to impacted wisdom teeth?
An impacted wisdom tooth need be removed if it causes the following problems:
- Accumulation of food waste behind the wisdom tooth
- Gum disease or infection (periodontal disease)
- Dental decay in the partly erupted wisdom tooth
- Damage to the neighboring tooth or bone
- Creation of a sack full of fluid (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
- Posing problems to orthodontic procedure
Why is it important to extract an impacted tooth?
If an impacted tooth is exerting pressure on the adjacent teeth or structures like nerves, it is essential to remove the impacted teeth. If it is not removed, it can cause damage the adjacent teeth or loos of sensation in that area due to pressure on the adjacent nerves.
How is a wisdom tooth removed?
Our dental team will follow the below steps for removal of a wisdom tooth:
- Our dental team will gather information about your medical condition, medications used and take the necessary radiographs. Dr.Adatrow will perform a preliminary examination and provide you with a treatment plan for your wisdom tooth.
- Dr.Adatrow will administer local anesthesia in the region of the tooth to be extracted. Sedation can be used, especially when some or all of your teeth of wisdom are removed simultaneously. Sedation avoids discomfort in the whole body and allows you to sleep.
- The doctor will open the gum tissue on the tooth to extract the wisdom tooth and take any bone covering it. He will separate the tissue holding the tooth, and then the tooth is removed. He might break the tooth into smaller parts to make the removal easier.
- You might need stitches after the tooth is removed. Our dental team will instruct you about whether you would have to come for the removal of the stitches.
What is an impacted tooth?
An impacted tooth is a tooth that has been stopped from breaking through the gum for some reason. Sometimes a tooth has only partially come out of the gum and is called a partially erupted or partially impacted tooth.
Can a wisdom tooth be extracted under sedation?
Yes, if you are anxious about wisdom tooth extraction, undergoing sedation would be a good option. You can discuss your fears and concerns with Dr.Adatrow during your first dental visit. Dr. Adatrow will take the utmost care of you and address all the problems.