Wisdom teeth removal is recommended when there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow properly and they become stuck within your jaw. In other cases wisdom teeth start growing at an angle to other teeth, pushing the neighbouring molars and often causing pain, swelling and bite problems. In most cases, a wisdom tooth is uncomfortable and painful, pushing against your set of teeth. It is vital to remove if these are causing you pain.
Every person has a different experience with wisdom teeth. For some of us, wisdom teeth can erupt without any problem, for many of us on the other hand wisdom teeth can cause a huge amount of pain and discomfort in some cases even resulting in inflammation or infection.
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, and often they are called third molars. They are the final teeth to erupt and usually appear between your late teens and mid twenties. When they are not in the right position or when there is not enough room for them to erupt, they can emerge only partially, providing a place for bacteria to grow. As these areas cannot be cleaned properly, this can lead to infection.
There are several symptoms of an inflamed wisdom tooth:
It is important, that a wisdom tooth should be extracted only when it is not inflamed. So if you are feeling any sort of discomfort, if your face is swollen and you feel a huge amount of pain, please contact us, so your dentist can require you a check-up and possibly give temporary pain relief, once the inflammation is down we can proceed with an extraction.
If your wisdom tooth is fully erupted, it can be extracted by a general dentist. The treatment is quick and can be done under local anesthesia. The process begins with a panoramic x-ray and a consultation with your general dentist.
If your wisdom tooth is growing irregularly, is positioned horizontally or is angled toward or away from the neighbouring tooth the procedure will be done by an oral surgeon due to its complexity. The surgeon opens your gums, extracts the wisdom teeth and sews the wound. This process is also painless, the operation is done under local anesthetic.
After wisdom tooth extraction, you have to pay extra attention to the affected area. Here are some tips for the quick recovery: