What Age Do You Remove Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are considered vestigial – organs that no longer serve an active purpose due to our evolution – that many people consider getting extracted to avoid future complications and preserve their oral health. Due to our evolved oral profile, wisdom teeth do not have enough room in the mouth to grow, and that can sometimes lead to discomfort and pain.
While coming out, they face more resistance compared to other natural teeth and as a result, possibility of a bacterial infection or cysts becomes higher. In some cases, they can come out crooked or, worse, on their sides. Studies have shown that nearly 85 percent of those who develop wisdom teeth will need to get them extracted at some point. If you are facing complications due to impacted wisdom teeth or want to learn more about preventative measures, our staff at Beaverton Oral Surgeons would love to have you come in for a consultation.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth, where the jawbone starts to curve, and this may be one of the reasons why they face so many obstructions in their life cycle. In most cases, they do not have enough room to come in which leads to misalignment. Instead of coming out upright, they tend to tilt forward or on their sides, which can lead to pain and swelling. They can sometimes erupt horizontally, with the crown facing the front, which can impact nearby teeth.
Misaligned wisdom teeth can put pressure on nearby teeth, creating a constant sensation of discomfort and pain. Sometimes they are unable to break out of their development sacs or may come out partially, but either way, it can quickly become a hotspot for bacterial infestation. This can result in severe degradation of your oral health if untreated for a long time.
The Extraction Procedure
When you are scheduled for a wisdom tooth extraction, our dentists will give you instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. Depending on the nature of impacted teeth, your dentist will then choose the preferred type of sedation – local anesthesia for simple extractions, sedatives for surgical extractions, or general anesthesia for more complicated procedures.
Once the area around the extraction site becomes numb, an incision will be made around the impacted teeth to expose the teeth and the underlying bone. This will provide your surgeon easy access to the teeth as they prepare to remove it. The tooth is then extracted and any debris from the site is cleared before cleaning and stitching the wound.
The Best Time For Wisdom Teeth Extraction
In some cases wisdom teeth extraction becomes a necessity if they pose a threat to nearby teeth, there is significant bacterial infection, or swelling. In other cases, people choose to get them removed early on to avoid pain and other complications from developing in the future. Your dentist can also tell you about the likelihood of future complications arising from wisdom teeth by looking at your oral profile in advance.
At Beaverton Oral Surgeons, we have a great in-house surgical and examination team that can take care of your impacted wisdom teeth. If you are anxious or have any questions related to the surgery, feel free to reach us at (971) 249-8370 to speak with our friendly staff over the phone.