Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The surgical procedure to remove one or more problematic wisdom teeth is known as wisdom tooth extraction. The wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth in the corners on both the top and the bottom. When there is no space to grow, the pain that results can be excruciating, which is when we will determine that your teeth need to come out.
One of the ways to prevent issues with your wisdom teeth is removed by an oral surgeon or the dentist (in straightforward cases).
Why Wisdom Tooth Extraction Is Done
A dentist will only recommend your wisdom teeth be extracted if they are impacted or causing you pain. The wisdom teeth are the last ones to erupt in the gums, but some people never develop their wisdom teeth. Most of the time, they usually appear in the same way other teeth erupt, but for some people, they grow without enough space to appear in the mouth, crowding the other teeth and causing pain.
What To Expect During Extraction
If you are referred for wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist will talk you through the procedure in more detail. They’ll recommend one of three avenues for anesthesia, and it all depends on how complex your wisdom teeth look. You’ll either be recommended for local or general anesthesia, but in straightforward cases, sedation can be used.
Issues With Wisdom Teeth Impaction
There is the chance that you may not need to have your wisdom teeth extracted at all, but if you do, it’s usually because of the following:
- If you are experiencing pain
- If there is tooth decay around the erupted wisdom tooth
- Development of cysts around the wisdom tooth
- Infection or gum disease development
If the wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room, cleaning it properly can become too hard, and that’s when removal is the preferred option. However, it does come with risks.
Risks of Wisdom Tooth Removal
Most of the time, the extraction of your wisdom tooth will be no problem, with no long-term complications. Sometimes, extraction requires a surgical approach, and on rare occasions, the results can be:
- Painful dry socket
- Socket infection due to food or bacteria
- Damage to teeth next to the wisdom tooth
Preparing For Extraction
There is a chance that your dentist will do the extraction in the office there and then. However, if the tooth is too deep or the removal requires a more surgical approach, then there is a chance you may then need sedation or anesthesia to remove the rest of the tooth. It works as an outpatient procedure so that you can go home the same day as long as there re no complications. The dentist or surgeon will be able to tell you what to expect and will provide you with the right information to ensure that you have everything that you need to get you ready for the procedure itself.
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