Undergoing an extraction is a dental procedure most of us dread even thinking about. We have the perception of an extraction being an agonizing dental procedure. But did you know that there are instances where this procedure is necessary and will actually relieve pain? Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common forms of oral surgery and is normally perform without any complications.
An impacted wisdom tooth is simply a wisdom tooth that is partially or fully covered by either the gums or the jaw bone.
Wisdom teeth should typically emerge between the age of 17 and 25. For lucky individuals, their wisdom teeth come in as they should and do not cause any problems or issues. However, in other cases, particularly with impacted wisdom teeth, you may experience difficulties. Impacted wisdom teeth may cause pain, trap food, cause infection and complications with orthodontic treatment.
The first indicator that a wisdom tooth needs to be removed is if it causes pain or discomfort. The extractions also become necessary in cases where a patient continually has infections surrounding the back teeth, tumors, cysts, and decay or gum disease issues.
In other instances, wisdom teeth may not cause any pain or discomfort but may be difficult to brush or floss. This may also make it necessary to undergo an extraction, to protect the patient from experiencing periodontal issues and severe tooth decay.
Often your dentist will be able to extract your wisdom teeth. However, in some instance they may think it best to refer you to an oral surgeon. Your dentist or oral surgeon will suggest options best for you. You may have your extractions with local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia.