IMPACTED TEETH EXTRACTION
When the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow properly they may come out sideways or at a wrong angle – they are impacted – because they are obstructed by the other teeth. The patient’s wisdom tooth may come out at a strange angle, in the wrong place, or only come out partially. Our wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow, they are medically known as the third molars – they are at the end of the upper and lower gums, right in the back of the mouth. Most people eventually have four wisdom teeth.
The majority of people grow wisdom teeth during their late adolescent years or very early adulthood.
As wisdom teeth develop, they typically affect other teeth, and become impacted. The patient may experience pain and the other teeth may become damaged. Even if no apparent damage occurs, the teeth can become more susceptible to disease.
If an impacted wisdom tooth causes pain or some kind of dental problem your Perfect Smile dentist will advise to extract it. Sometimes your dentist at Perfect Smile advises you to have impacted wisdom teeth taken out even if there are no apparent problems.
If you have any infections, surgery will usually be delayed until the infection has cleared up. Your Perfect Smile dentist may have you take antibiotics to help heal the infection.
Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
To remove the wisdom tooth, your dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth.
He will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches.
Your dentist will tell you when your stitches need to be removed. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.