Where Wisdom Teeth Are Located?
Your wisdom teeth are in the very back of your mouth and jaw. They’re commonly known as your upper and lower 3rd molars. There are 4 wisdom teeth in total, 2 on the top and bottom. These back molars get the name wisdom teeth since they grow later in life. Usually growing out around 17 to 21 years of age for most people. It’s also not uncommon for some patients to have their wisdom teeth start growing in their late 20’s. Find out if you need to have the wisdom teeth removal procedure.
Do I Need To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
After an exam and X-rays, your dentist can recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth if there’s good reason. These reasons could be such:
- Pain or future potential of it – your back wisdom teeth can grow into other surrounding teeth. This can cause extreme pain. Pain symptoms here down the road can lead to the next reason on this list.
- Difficulty biting and chewing food – Pain from your wisdom teeth will make you hesitant to move your jaw. Any movements from the jaw will cause pain. This, in turn, leads you to labor through your normal biting and chewing.
- Potential damage to your jaw – in some cases, cysts can form around your new wisdom teeth. If this happens, your chances of getting a tooth infection increase. These bacterial infections can lead to future teeth damage if left unchecked.
- Gum Inflammation – growing wisdom teeth can irritate your gums. Which then leads to swelling in the local area. When swelling is present, it makes your teeth difficult to clean.
- Higher risk of cavities – with gum inflammation, physical pockets and valleys can form. These new pockets become a safe haven for bad bacteria. The new presence of this bacteria will destroy your tooth enamel. When your enamel is gone, this will lead to unwanted cavities.
- Teeth Misalignment – your dental X-rays can show if your wisdom teeth will grow in the right direction. A lot of times, these teeth grow awkwardly because of space constraints in your jaw. As a result a domino effect will occur where neighboring teeth push against the other.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Wisdom teeth can be pulled out with dental tools if they’re visible above the gum line. Similar to a general tooth extraction for your front teeth. For difficult extractions, such as growth inside the jaw bone, a referral to an oral surgeon is needed. During wisdom tooth extractions, you can expect the following procedures: General incisions over the areas your wisdom teeth are at Removing of bone tissue to get better access to the problem teeth Cutting up the wisdom tooth into smaller pieces for easier removal Actual removing of the wisdom tooth pieces Thorough cleaning of this surgical site Applying stitches to close the wound Placing gauze over the surgical site to stop any excessive bleeding
Are Tooth Extractions Painful?
Modern dentistry has advanced tremendously with pain management techniques. Your dentist and oral surgeon will have effective anesthesia ready for use. There’s local anesthesia to numb the tooth extraction area so you don’t feel any pain. Also, there’s general anesthesia to sedate you for more comfort. It’s common to feel soreness after your teeth and molar removal. Your dentist will give you instructions to minimize this discomfort.
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Encino Dentist has successfully helped many patients with tooth extractions, check out our great reviews. We are highly experienced in both general tooth and wisdom teeth extraction. The office priority is to have treatments performed safely and comfortably for you. We offer same-day appointments for your convenience. Call to schedule your appointment and get pain relief today.