Wisdom teeth often referred to as the third molars, are the final set of teeth that erupt into the mouth. Many people will not need the extraction of wisdom teeth if they emerge without any issues. However, this is often not the situation as there is not enough space in the mouth for these teeth to grow in the correct position. These wisdom teeth don’t emerge in a way that allows for proper cleaning and hygiene maintenance.
If these misaligned teeth are not extracted, damage to the adjacent teeth can occur. In some instances, the impacted teeth can be the source of cysts and benign tumors of the jaw.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Sometimes Need to Be Extracted?
There are various reasons why someone’s wisdom teeth would need to be removed:
- Wisdom teeth can be challenging to clean correctly, resulting in tooth decay, infections, and disease.
- The crowding of the teeth can cause them to shift and become misaligned in the mouth.
- Impacted wisdom teeth can become a reason for the formation of both cysts and tumors.
When Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?
There is no specific timing for the removal of wisdom teeth. It is solely dependent on individual circumstances. Generally speaking, for the average person, the age frame in which wisdom teeth are removed is between 15 and 20 years years of age. Dentists most often advise the removal of these teeth before they are completely developed. By doing so, the surgery can be performed more quickly and with fewer risks or complications.
How is Wisdom Tooth Surgery Performed?
First, you will be administered local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth that has to be extracted. After numbing the area, the gum tissue covering the tooth will be cut open and a flap will be made to gain access to the tooth. This allows the oral surgeon to get a clear view of the tooth.
The surgeon will then make an incision along the gum line and cut it open. Next, any bone covering the tooth is removed, and the tooth is gently pulled out of its socket. After the wisdom tooth has been pulled out, the area will be carefully cleaned. To control the bleeding, the dentist will place gauze on the site.
What Will Recovery Be Like?
The recovery process will depend on the degree of difficulty of your extraction. Following the surgery, it is common to experience minor soreness for a week or so. Patients who have had a complicated wisdom tooth extraction may require a greater length of recovery time. Painkillers and antibiotics can be taken for a specified period to heal appropriately.
Call Ken Caryl Dentistry at phone number (303) 9735280 or schedule an online appointment. Email us at: [email protected] to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions.