Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth are the third molar teeth that present themselves during adolescence and early adulthood. For some people, these teeth fit comfortably in the jaw and do not cause any problems if they are maintained well and kept clean. Others are not so fortunate.
What problems could arise because of wisdom teeth?
Here are first the reasons as to why wisdom teeth cause problems for a few people:
- Most people’s jaws are too small to fit the wisdom teeth, so crowding of the front teeth can occur.
- When they are erupting, they may get stuck in the jaw bone at the wrong angle. This becomes the root cause for infections like pericoronitis (acute gum infection), which can cause dangerous neck or facial swelling.
- Wisdom teeth are extremely difficult to maintain and clean. Generally they become the first teeth to develop decay.
- The inflammation of wisdom teeth may cause a lot of difficulty while opening and closing your mouth. In some cases there is pain so severe that emergency care is needed.
OPG X-ray of 4 impacted wisdom teeth
Affected Wisdom teeth
If your wisdom teeth do not fit on your jaw, they may protrude from the gums at less than ideal angles. In some cases the wisdom teeth do not come out of the jaw completely, only partially emerging. As a result, they cannot be removed like normal teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Before any kind of an oral surgery commences, a basic X-ray of the jaws is taken to get an understanding of the patient’s dental structure and wisdom teeth orientation. There may be some extremely complicated cases, in which case the patient will be asked to obtain a 3D X-ray of their teeth. This procedure will establish the relationship that exists between the different roots and the nerve connections existing in that area.
The first stage of wisdom teeth extraction is clearing the gum from the jaw. The wisdom tooth is then divided into pieces and removed. Once the tooth is completely removed, the wound is then thoroughly cleaned and checked. Sutures are then used to stitch the gum closed, and gauze is applied to stop the bleeding.
After the procedure, smoking, sucking (such as with a straw) and vigorous rinsing of the mouth should be avoided in order to prevent the dislocation of the blood clot in the tooth socket.
How can you be made comfortable during the entire procedure?
At Clear Choice Dental the majority of our wisdom teeth extractions are performed with the help of IV sedation. You will not feel any pain during the procedure, but you may experience discomfort once the effect of the sedation dies down. Your dentist will prescribe you painkillers to help cope with this.
Once the surgery is complete, you may have developed a swelling on the face or in the cheeks. Strict rest is recommended and a soft and nutritious diet is recommended for a few days after the surgery.
Referral: will you need one?
A referral is not needed if you wish to see our dentists for wisdom teeth extraction.
We receive referrals every day from various other dentists to take care of wisdom teeth extractions or surgeries of their patients. Our dentists have performed numerous surgeries and you can be rest assured that you are in the most capable hands.
The complexity and difficulty involved in wisdom teeth removal differs from one case to another. It is only a seasoned dentist that can ascertain its complexity, understand the oral anatomy and then identify the procedure that needs to be performed.
We would like to remind you that there is a certain amount of risk involved in wisdom teeth extraction, but at Clear Choice Dental we have highly qualified dentists on our team and all of them are well-trained in minor oral surgery.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.