Most people know a handful of things about their wisdom teeth: that they are often removed, and when they are taken out you get to eat ice cream and milkshakes to treat your discomfort and swelling.
In fact, there is a lot more that is interesting about wisdom teeth:
Wisdom teeth got their popular name from the age when they typically come in. Dentists know wisdom teeth are as third molars. They come in between the ages of 16-25, a time that was once known as the “age of wisdom”.
Some people are born without them. 35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth.
Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. When there isn’t enough room for a tooth to fully enter the mouth, called “impacted.” If left in place, wisdom teeth can damage nearby teeth, become infected, and make it difficult to reach and clean that area of the mouth and gums.
Most have to be removed. An estimated 85% of wisdom teeth eventually need to be removed.
Diet and dental work may be responsible for impacted wisdom teeth. Early humans had more wear on their teeth due to a tough diet. This damage caused teeth to drift, creating room for the third molars. In the 21st century, diets are easier on teeth, and there is often no room for wisdom teeth
At VIP Dental Clinic Miranda, we can help you find out the signs it’s time to get your wisdom tooth out and pull them out when we need to.
Why Extract Wisdom Teeth?
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an existing issue or prevent future problems. Some of the problems that can occur when wisdom teeth come in (“erupt”) are:
- Your wisdom teeth may only break part way through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to cover them. Food, germs, bacteria, and other foreign items can become trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful.
- One or several of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
- Your jaw may not be large enough for them and they can become impacted, which is painful and dangerous.
- Impacted teeth can cause very serious problems, including infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or cysts.
Signs It’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Out
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
- Incorrect Growth
- Pain and Irritation
- Difficulty Eating
- A Cyst Forms Around the Tooth
- Teeth are Not Straight
- Sinus Issues
- Inflamed Gums
The Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
Step 1: Your Miranda dentist may take an X-ray of your entire mouth or the affected area.
Step 2: Next, your dentist will determine if an extraction is required. If infection exists in the tooth or area, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics and postpone the extraction.
Step 3: Depending on the severity of your case and how many teeth must be removed, your dentist will decide on whether to inject a local or general anaesthesia.
For general anaesthesia, keep your stomach empty for at least 12 hours before the surgery.
Nitrous oxide or intravenous sedatives are common in complicated cases, or for patients who have dental fear or phobia.
Step 4: Then, the tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth is cut open.
Step 5: The tissue connecting the tooth and the bone is separated and the tooth is removed. The tooth may be reduced to pieces if that makes the extraction easier in the limited space of the jaw.
Step 6: The depression caused by extraction is covered and stitched with dissolvable threads.
Step 7: A small gauzed cotton swab is placed on the operated area to stop bleeding. Applying bite-pressure to this gauze will help stop any bleeding in the area.
Step 8: At the end of the appointment, your Miranda will give you instructions on how to protect the area of the newly removed tooth (e.g. no hot food/drinks, abstain from alcoholic beverages, keep head elevated during sleep).
How Long Does the Extraction Process Take?
If the surgery involves the removal of fully erupted wisdom tooth in the upper jaw, it normally takes around 35 min.
If the bone enveloping the tooth needs to be opened up first, the procedure should take between 45 min and one hour.
Each case is different, ask your Miranda dentist.
If you feel sensitivity, pain, or swelling near the back of your jaw, you may have a problem with your wisdom teeth. See your Miranda dentist immediately!
Excellent Dental Health in Miranda
Knowing the signs it’s time to get your wisdom tooth out may save you from excessive pain it may bring.
We have flexible hours during the week and also open every Saturday. We will also do our best to see you on the same day if you have an emergency.
We’re looking forward to having you at VIP Dental Clinic Miranda.
To learn more about the signs it’s time to get your wisdom tooth out, schedule an appointment with your Miranda dentist.
We are located at 11/468-472 Kingsway in Miranda.