Wisdom teeth refer to any one of four third molars found in the permanent dentition. Wisdom teeth are positioned at the posterior end in the dental arch. Though most people have wisdom teeth, usually some or even all of the third molars may never develop. In some cases, an individual may also have more than four wisdom teeth. For most people, the wisdom teeth have become impacted (not generally erupted through the gums) and as a result they are not visible.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
When wisdom teeth are misaligned, it may be necessary to have them removed. If you experience some of the following, wisdom teeth removal may be the best option for you:
- Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
- Gum disease
- Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Extensive tooth decay
You may experience inflammation and/or injection if the tooth is partially erupted through the gingival tissue. This infection can sometimes lead to swelling around the affected side of the jaw.
An Overview of the Procedure
Before beginning the procedure your dentist will give an anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed to prevent pain. The gum tissue and bone covering the tooth will be open to remove the wisdom tooth. Your dentist will then separate the tissue attaching the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. To make it easier to remove in wisdom tooth, the dentist may cut it into smaller pieces. Once the tooth is removed, you may need to be stitched up. The stitches will be removed in a couple of days. The dentist will then place a cotton gauze pad over the wound to stop the bleeding.
At Blacktown Family Dental, qualified dentists are available to help you decide what is best for your situation. We are well equipped to perform the procedure without pain or discomfort.