What are wisdom teeth?
By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth, 16 teeth on the top and 16 on the bottom. The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as ‘wisdom teeth’. They earned that nick name because they usually erupt into your mouth during your late high school or early college years…Just when you are first recognized for achieving your adult wisdom. Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt within the mouth.
Why should I remove my wisdom teeth?
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but they all need to be checked by your dentist or an oral surgeon or orthodontist. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways; partially emerge from the gum buried into the bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can take many positions in the bone as the attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. These poor positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth is difficult to clean. Food trapped beneath the gums will quickly lead to painful inflammation will eventually cause an infection. An acute infection arises quickly and results in fever, painful swelling, and difficulty chewing and limited opening. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and decreases the surgical risk involved in the procedure. In general terms, patients bounce back from such surgical procedures much quicker at a young age (teenage years) than as middle age or elderly adults. Also Medical problems arise as we age, which can limit the options available to be used to remove these such as IV anesthesia.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth predict if there may be present or future problems.
Surgical procedure for removing wisdom teeth
Here at Temple Square Dental, in most cases your wisdom teeth will be removed in your dentist’s surgery. There are two basic options available for to provide for your comfort during the removal of wisdom teeth: Local anesthesia, IV anesthesia with local anesthesia.
Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured and gauze is placed in your mouth to bite on to control bleeding. You will rest under our supervision in the surgery until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, Your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, a prescription for pain medication and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us on 01296 434848.