Wisdom Tooth Removal
Having your wisdom teeth removed is a very common procedure. It is much less painful than people perceive but also very important.
Wisdom teeth are sometimes called third molars and generally appear sometime between the age of 15-25. You may have as few as one, as many as four or for some none at all. In many cases they will fit neatly into the mouth next to other teeth without causing a problem, but in other cases they will become impacted or cause movement in other teeth and will need to be removed.
Timely removal of wisdom teeth can help prevent future problems developing which may include damage to existing teeth and to the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can repeatedly become infected, especially if they are partially erupted as they are more prone towards trapping bacteria. Treating these infections with antibiotics is not an effective and long-term solution.
The procedure to remove badly impacted or infected wisdom teeth is not without risk, and most people will experience some mild discomfort for a few days after treatment. It can be harder to remove wisdom teeth in older patients, as teeth tend to fuse to the bone as we age. Any type of tooth extraction carries a small risk of dry socket.
Wisdom teeth are considered “impacted” when they have no place to go or grow. If left in your mouth they may grow at an angle, destroying other teeth or capturing bacteria and causing an infection. It is particularly common for teeth to become infected in times of stress.
Not all dentists can remove wisdom teeth. However, at Painfree Dentistry we have a variety of techniques (including intravenous sedation) to make wisdom teeth removal a more comfortable process that can be completed easily in one visit. We will tell you when you visit us if we think that your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If you feel pain in your wisdom teeth or surrounding gums come in and see us. Not all impacted wisdom teeth will cause pain alerting you there is a problem