Wisdom Teeth Extractions

The truth is, many people don't need their wisdom teeth removed, even if they are impacted! However, some do need their wisdom teeth extracted particularly those wisdom teeth that are causing problems.

  • Each individual wisdom tooth is unique and depending on how it grows, it can have different impact on bones and/or tissues.

  • An impacted tooth refers to any tooth that that is prevented attaining its normal position in the mouth. The most common impacted teeth are the third molars or wisdom teeth.

  • Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. They are located in the back of the mouth, near the opening of the throat.

  • Often, a person's jaw does not grow large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. Under such circumstances the tooth, which does not have room to come out fails to emerge in proper alignment or gets entrapped between the jaw bone and gum tissue.

  • Impacted teeth can lead to a number of problems. It can result in swelling, pain and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. A severely impacted tooth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts and tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Symptoms of impacted teeth include prolonged headache, tooth ache, difficulty in opening the mouth, bad breath, visible gap where a tooth did not emerge.

  • Just because wisdom tooth is not causing pain or any such problems, it does not mean that it will not cause problems in future. If left unattended, impacted teeth can be a reason for a number of problems in course of time.

  • In most case, the dentist would advise you to have the tooth removal. It is of no use anyway. Dental x-rays will be used to confirm the presence of one or more teeth that have not emerged. The removal of wisdom tooth is a minor surgical operation. Depending on the complication of the case and expertise of the doctor, the procedure may take up to an hour. Local anesthesia is used to numb the region of tooth removal.

  • Swelling and soreness is common following the surgery. Typically the surgery does not give rise to any complications. Risk of complications from surgery increases with age. It is thus better to have the problem-causing tooth removed at the earliest.

  • Wisdom tooth is the hardest tooth in the entire set of teeth and needs an expert to handle its extraction. Dental surgeries though a simple and common procedure, it requires a dental surgeon with expertise and a well equipped dental clinic to deal with the treatment.