Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth removal.” Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
Wisdom teeth are developed after all the other teeth. Removing wisdom teeth is a very common procedure, though It’s not necessary for all patients. To decide if removing your wisdom teeth is right for you, check with one of our skilled dentists, where we can decide if pulling your wisdom teeth is the right choice.
There are two ways your wisdom teeth grow: the first way your wisdom teeth grow in vertically — as normal teeth. For some people, the extra molar teeth take up space and cause crowding among the other teeth, they impact your teeth and cause swelling.
The second way wisdom teeth grow are horizontally. When this happens, the wisdom teeth are blocked from growing correctly. In cases like this, your wisdom teeth will remain below the surface of your gum line. Sometimes, your wisdom sprout out sideways, and will cause your other teeth to crowd, along with causing your gums to swell. Wisdom teeth that grow horizontally may possibly collide with the roots of
A small percentage of the population do not even grow wisdom teeth. This is not to be a cause of concern, some people just do not grow them. Also, a percentage of people who have wisdom teeth do not encounter pain, gum swelling, or dental discomfort.
The removal of your wisdom teeth should not be painful with the use of proper anesthesia. If you do feel any sort of pain during the procedure, let your dentist know that you’re not fully numb. In post procedure, you may incur some mild swelling, and pain. Heat pads in combination with ice pressed upon your cheeks may help with swelling and add comfort.
You will want to avoid using straws, as the suction may cause your sockets to bleed. Colder foods will sooth your mouth. Spicy foods with seeds may cause irritation and infection. The more bland the food, the better. Applesauce, ice cream, and yogurt are safe to eat. Mash potatoes, and mild flavored soup are also acceptable.
How to care for your teeth post-procedure
You may change the gauze pad after surgery if needed. You will want to avoid brushing your teeth, spitting, and rinsing your teeth after the first day. You may want to avoid brushing near the surgery site for 5 days or more, depending on how fast your mouth heals. To avoid infection, you will want to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
If your wisdom teeth cause crowding, swelling of the gums, or pain in your mouth, our dentists will recommend that you your teeth removed.
Our dentists can remove your wisdom teeth through surgical procedure.
We begin by taking x-rays of your teeth to determine if the wisdom tooth has grown in horizontally or vertically, and if the tooth is the cause of crowding and gum swelling.
When we determine the removal is necessary, we schedule an appointment to remove the wisdom teeth. To reduce pain, we use local anesthesia on our patience before and during the procedure. Our patients have the preference to choose to be awake or to be asleep for the procedure.
Depending on if your tooth is underneath your gums or visibly above the surface of your gums, our dentists may make a small cut in your gums to pull the tooth out. After the removal of the tooth, a gauze pad is pressed upon the gums where your wisdom tooth was pulled. Dissolvable stitches are then used to sew up the incision in your gums, and reduce bleeding