Wisdom Tooth Extraction
What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth are usually the last to appear and grow at the ends of both the bottom and top rows of teeth. These teeth usually need to be extracted when they grow out of alignment or when they are also referred to as ‘impacted’. Impacting is caused when there is not enough space in the jaw for additional teeth, causing them to grow skew and sometimes collide with other teeth. This occurs most commonly in the late teen years and in early adulthood. Impacted wisdom teeth if neglected can result in serious oral disfigurement, as well as pain, chronic inflammation and infection, and crowding in that area of the mouth.
The procedure can either be done in the chair or in an operating theatre depending on a number of factors. Some factors include whether or not the extraction is precautionary; how the teeth are positioned and the number of teeth to be surgically removed. The procedure starts with a physical examination and an x-ray of the teeth to be removed. From the x-rays, the dentist will be able to identify the extent to which the teeth are impacted. Under local anaesthetic in the chair, the patient’s entire mouth is numbed and the teeth are simply removed by detaching them from the jaw. Theatre operation requires the patient to be placed under general anaesthetic. After extraction, the gums are stitched, with incisions healing over time.
Should I do it?
Are you experiencing discomfort, a sensation of tightness and pressure in your mouth? An x-ray will help identify the cause of the pain. You might need wisdom tooth extraction! Wisdom tooth extraction is a very common procedure, especially between the ages 17-25, and should certainly be considered.