An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or your dentist can remove ( extract ) a wisdom tooth . The procedure often can be done in the dentist’s or surgeon’s office. You may have the surgery in the hospital, especially if you are having all your wisdom teeth pulled at one time or if you are at high risk for complications.
The local anesthesia is typically lidocaine, although this is typically just used for simple tooth removal procedures. Nitrous Oxide Sedation . Commonly known as laughing gas , nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered through a nasal apparatus. Patients typically remain conscious throughout the procedure.
Pain and Irritation As wisdom teeth grow in they can cause aches and pains. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact your dentist for an exam and an x-ray. They can determine if the actual wisdom teeth or other factors are causing pain.
If left untreated for too long , patients have experienced facial swelling, muscle spasms in the jaw, and swollen lymph nodes. Even after treatment by a dentist, it can come back if the wisdom tooth is not removed .
Occasionally, wisdom teeth can be removed without a surgery . This occurs more commonly in upper wisdom teeth , where they tend to erupt out straighter than the lower ones.
If you still have your wisdom teeth , and are considering wisdom teeth removal with sedation dentistry, our doctors recommend that you have all of your wisdom teeth removed at one time. This will cut down on the cost, recovery time, discomfort, and inconvenience that multiple surgeries could caused.
Although it is sometimes believed by patients that it might be necessary to “ break the jaw ” to remove difficult wisdom teeth , this is never the case. However, the lower jaw may be weakened for a period of weeks or occasionally months following removal of any deep wisdom tooth .
You do not necessarily have to be put to sleep for your wisdom teeth extraction. Wisdom teeth extraction can be done while the patient is fully awake with the mouth Numbed with local anesthesia. Wisdom teeth are the molars (back teeth ) that come through last, usually in your late teens or early 20s.
Temporary Changes The removal of wisdom teeth roots does not impact this bone area enough to cause a ‘hole’ in the bone. Therefore, wisdom teeth extraction does not impact your jawbone or jaw shape . The soft tissue and skin around your wisdom teeth consist of muscles, underlying fat, and fat pads of the face .
It depends of the dentist’s or surgeon’s availability, however, at the clinic average waiting time is usually 1-2 weeks. In most cases, wisdom tooth extraction can take place right after the consultation if the patient agrees to undergo the procedure immediately.
Wisdom teeth can continue to erupt up until the age of 30 . About 2% of the population is born without any of the four wisdom teeth .
If you don’t have your wisdom teeth removed , a partially erupted wisdom tooth can lead to bacterial infection called pericoronitis. Meanwhile, a wisdom tooth that doesn’t erupt can lead to the development of a cyst which can damage bone and gum tissue. Wisdom teeth are also often removed because they come in crooked.
The odds of you developing blindness or deafness because of a wisdom tooth extraction are extremely rare. Though all the nerves in the human body are connected, most orthodontists believe that problems with a wisdom tooth should not cause problems with hearing or vision.
While not all patients need their wisdom tooth removed , problems can develop if removal is not performed. Many patients have smaller mouths and jaws, which do not allow room for the third molars to grow in properly. If these teeth do erupt, overcrowding can occur. Your teeth will begin to shift or overlap each other.