Wisdom teeth are the four teeth that are found at the back of the mouth in all four corners. Due to their location, they are not used as frequently as other teeth. Their position also means that they are often not cleaned as well as more accessible teeth and dangerous plaque and bacteria are left to form and erode the teeth and cause teeth decay.
Another problem associated with wisdom teeth is that as they generally emerge during late teenage years or in the early twenties room to accommodate them is not so readily available. The wisdom teeth sometimes do erupt at a difficult angle or as they are trying to emerge get caught and often become only partially visible. These are called impacted wisdom teeth. In this situation it is easier for food particles to get trapped in the edges of the tooth causing the accumulation of plaque on the teeth’s surfaces. This, if not removed, can lead to tooth decay.
It is not always necessary to remove an impacted wisdom tooth but if it is painful due to the onset of tooth decay it is essential to arrange a consultation with your Oakville, Ontario dentist who will suggest a solution.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
Often, your Oakville, Ontario dentist is able to remove your wisdom teeth but on occasions a referral to a hospital surgeon may be the only suitable course of action.
Before starting to remove a wisdom tooth a local anaesthetic through the use of an injection is administered in order to make numb the part surrounding the tooth. A certain amount of pressure will be felt as the tooth is moved back and forth to loosen it. Sometimes an incision might be required in the gum and the tooth may be cut and removed in small pieces and not a complete whole. The removal could take just a few minutes but if the tooth is difficult to get out the time could be extended.
After the wisdom tooth has been taken out some discomfort may be felt for a few days while the area heals.