Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. But what exactly is it?
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to develop on either side of the jaw, breaking through after a patient has fully grown (between the ages of 16 and 20). You have probably heard many people talking about having their wisdom teeth removed, but it doesn’t happen in all cases. If the molars have enough room to erupt in the jaw, and are healthy and well-positioned, they can be left alone, and function effectively with your existing bite. However, wisdom teeth extraction is commonly performed because, for many people, these last molars can cause a number of issues.
If there is no space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth, then it becomes impacted. This term means that the tooth has no place to move within the jaw, and then causes issues by either beginning to move where it shouldn’t (e.g. sideways into the jaw) or becoming trapped in its place in the gum, causing pain and putting the patient at risk for infection or damage to the surrounding teeth. For this reason, if wisdom teeth are impacted, extraction is recommended.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a routine procedure, and one which we perform regularly with our trademark individualized care and top-quality professional skill. An anaesthetic or sedative is used to remove pain, and then we remove the teeth and stitch the gums. It’s common to experience some swelling and pain, but with good after-care most patients can expect a quick recovery. If there are any follow-up issues, however, we will treat you promptly and effectively.
Whether or not wisdom teeth actually bring added wisdom with them is debatable... but one thing is for sure. Coming to Sunridge Landing Dental Centre for your wisdom teeth removal is definitely pretty smart!