Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to appear in the mouth. Usually, adults develop their wisdom teeth between ages 17 and 25. It’s also possible to never develop wisdom teeth at all, and that is perfectly okay. As the last dinner guests to the table, sometimes the table (or mouth) isn’t big enough for all of the guests. When a mouth isn’t big enough for all permanent teeth, there may not be room left for the wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth are those that don’t have room to grow. These can cause pain, infection, or other dental problems. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist will suggest extracting these teeth.
If a wisdom tooth has already erupted, or broken through the gum, then your dentist will perform a simple extraction. This will be done by loosening the tooth with an elevator and removing it with a forceps.
On the other hand, if the wisdom tooth hasn’t erupted yet, the dentist will need to perform a surgical extraction. In this scenario, the dentist or oral surgeon will apply local anesthetic and cut an incision in the gum in order to remove the tooth and its roots.
After the procedure, the dentist will give detailed instructions on what to expect and how to take care of your mouth in order to lessen pain and prevent infection.