Usually making their appearance during a person’s late teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth are molars found in the back of the mouth. In some people, wisdom teeth will break through the gums and quietly take their place. However, in many people these teeth become impacted and never completely erupt through the gums. Incomplete eruption can be attributed the angle of entry or a lack of room in the jaw. The most usual type of impaction is “mesial” where the wisdom tooth attempts to come in at an angle, pushing toward the front of the mouth.
Reasons to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth that are impacted must be removed. If you do not extract the tooth, it is almost certain that you will develop swelling, gum tenderness, and even severe pain in the future.
Even if your wisdom teeth wholly erupted, you may still want to consider removal because these teeth are hard to clean and eventually they will begin to show signs of decay. Recurring infections and periodontal disease may also be present in individuals with fully or partially erupted wisdom teeth.
When Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Every person’s situation is unique, which is why we order panoramic x-rays to decide if you need to remove your wisdom teeth. If removal is suggested, it is best to have the procedure done sooner rather than later. The reason for this is that wisdom teeth removed in a person’s late teens, or early twenties, may not have fully formed roots and the bone encasing the teeth is not as dense. These two factors not only make the extraction easier, but recovery time from the procedure is substantially shorter.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
First, we will numb the area around the wisdom tooth. A local anesthetic will be used to complete this part of the extraction preparation. In some circumstances, your dentist may choose to use medication to sedate you during the procedure. This method is utilized in patients that express fear of the procedure.
If the tooth is impacted, and still under the gums, your dentist will remove a section of the bone covering the tooth to perform the extraction. To lessen the amount of bone removed along with the tooth, your dentist will section the tooth by extracting each piece through a small opening in the bone.
How Long Is the Recovery Process?
The healing process varies from person to person. Recovery depends on the amount of difficulty related to the removal. Regardless, the dental professionals at Brandywine Dental Services Group will provide you with information about what you can expect during the healing process and give you precise instructions to help you heal as quickly as possible.