Wisdom Teeth Extraction
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Between the ages of 18 and 24, most young adults experience the growth of a third and final set of back teeth called wisdom teeth. This last set of molars can be unpredictable in terms of their positioning, their development, and their usefulness. In fact, these teeth are often considered to be nonessential and are generally recommended for extraction if they are not in good health.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the teeth and jaws, Dr. Tye can evaluate the health of the wisdom teeth to determine if they will be problematic. Studies have shown that the early evaluation and treatment of the wisdom teeth is more beneficial than waiting until a complication arises.
Properly aligned wisdom teeth surrounded by healthy gum tissue do not generally require surgical attention. Unfortunately, the more common scenario is that the teeth tend to grow in sideways, partially or completely trapped under the gum and bone.
When are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?
The incorrect position of impacted teeth can harm your oral health and the health of the neighboring teeth. As bacteria are allowed to invade the space between the tooth and the gums, you may experience swelling, tightness, pain, or feel ill. This chronic inflammation and infection becomes virtually impossible to control with brushing, flossing, or even antibiotics.
The pressure from a malpositioned wisdom tooth is likely to damage the neighboring teeth by causing crowding or cavities. A more serious problem can occur if a tumor or cyst develops as a result of the impacted tooth, causing severe destruction to the jawbone and your otherwise healthy teeth. Extracting the unhealthy impacted teeth as soon as possible can resolve these complications and prevent future problems.
What Should I Expect?
The procedure for wisdom teeth extraction typically consists of outpatient surgery that is performed under fast-acting anesthesia to increase your comfort. Both pain management and the management of dental anxiety are taken into consideration, along with the current status of your overall health in the planning of your treatment. Dr. Tye has the training, compassion and expertise to provide you with the form of anesthesia that is safest and most effective for you.
We look forward to meeting with you to discuss all of your oral surgery needs, including wisdom teeth extraction.
For additional procedure information check out the TXOSS Blog: Wisdom Teeth