Removal of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, technically known at the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt from the gumline. This normally happens between the ages of 17-25. Most of the time, there is not enough space for these teeth to come in. Because of this, they can become impacted which makes them susceptible to many problems such as infections and decay. This is why it is important to get your wisdom teeth removed if necessary.
The different types of impaction are:
- Soft Tissue Impaction: The tooth has emerged from the jaw bone but is still fully or partially covered by the gums.
- Partial Bony Impaction: The tooth has only partially emerged from the bone and remains entirely enclosed beneath the gums.
- Full Bony Impaction: The tooth is completely submerged in the jawbone still.
Reasons to remove wisdom teeth
Although wisdom teeth removal is not always necessary, it is important to get checked to see you you’re at risk for any of the following problems that can arise from wisdom teeth:
- Damage to adjacent teeth: If wisdom teeth are growing in horizontally, on an angle, or with limited space, they may cause damage to the teeth directly adjacent to them. This can also be incredibly painful.
- Disease: Cysts and tumors can form around impacted wisdom teeth, although it is not common.
- Infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can be really hard to clean properly. This can lead to food and bacteria getting stuck under the gum-line and the tooth becoming infected.
- Tooth Crowding: It is thought that it may be possible for wisdom teeth to cause a shift in the rest of the teeth due to pressure. It may also be possible that wisdom teeth contribute to relapse or shift of the teeth after orthodontic work, although this is not proven.
Wisdom teeth examination
Dr. Regan DDS will take x-rays and examine the wisdom teeth to determine if they have room to grow, how they’re growing in, and if they recommend removal or not. It is better to have your wisdom teeth examined and treated while younger in age.
Wisdom teeth removal process
Wisdom teeth removal surgery is done under anesthesia or IV sedation. You will be able to go home after the surgery with instructions on aftercare. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions in order to heal properly. Medication will be prescribed if needed.
Contact the office today to set up a wisdom teeth examination.