Wisdom teeth are the extra set of molars that develop beneath your gums and jaw bone during late adolescence and young adulthood. In many cases, wisdom teeth are often misaligned when they grow in, and eventually cause problems later in life. A dentist or oral surgeon must remove the wisdom tooth to prevent further dental problems.
When your wisdom teeth are positioned improperly within your jawbone, they can damage neighboring teeth, jawbone and nerves when they erupt. In certain situations, openings may form around the emerging tooth, exposing the area to microbacterial infections. Such infections may result in swelling, infections, tooth decay and various other periodontal problem. Because emerging wisdom teeth are often situated in awkward, unreachable locations and positions, they may also pose a challenge to clean.
Wisdom teeth surgery can be performed by a qualified health professional such as a maxillofacial surgeon or a dentist, and can last between twenty to thirty minutes. Prior to the surgical procedure, a patient will be administered a local anaesthetic that will numb the area, as well as sedatives such as nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic -- all of which will ensure that a patient feels no discomfort or pain.
Prior to the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic that will effectively numb the area, as well as a sedative that will ease anxiety and keep you calm throughout the procedure. Different types of sedatives such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), intravenous sedation, or general anesthetic will ensure that you will feel no pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. During the procedure, the wisdom tooth is carefully extracted from the gums, which will be stitched back together after. These stitches will disappear over time.
The healing process following a surgical procedure typically lasts for a few days to a week. Recovery can be facilitated with continuous rest, and careful oral care.
Wisdom teeth extraction must be performed as soon as possible, so that the many risks and problems associated posed by wisdom teeth can be avoided. At Humber 27 Dental Office, you can be assured that highly-trained dentists will be with you throughout every step of the process, and provide the best oral healthcare possible.