Between ages of 18 and 24, most likely your dentist would be checking the position of your wisdom teeth or third molars. These teeth are found furthest at the back of the mouth. They are just like normal teeth and shouldn’t pose any problem when fully erupted. However, due to several factors, wisdom teeth sometimes get impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth occur when:
- there is not enough space in the jawbone where the wisdom teeth can erupt fully
- teeth are not properly aligned
- adjacent teeth are blocking the way
Not all impacted wisdom teeth must be removed. This issue is up for discussion between you and your dentist. A full evaluation is needed to come up with the best decision. Some patients usually want theirs extracted because of the pain and discomfort they experience as a result of the impaction.
The dentist at Midtown Dentistry can check if the impacted wisdom teeth pose risk of damaging adjacent teeth, infection, gum problems or cause poor tooth alignment. When you want your impacted wisdom tooth extracted, there are several ways to do so. The dentist can determine what type of extraction technique to use after examining the tooth’s position and shape.
Regular extraction is simple and easiest among the three techniques. This is done when wisdom teeth have fully erupted. Healing time is the same as regular tooth extraction. You may be asked to take antibiotics and avoid some food and beverage within 24 hours after extraction.
If your wisdom tooth is impacted within the jawbone, surgical extraction may be done. This means the dentist may use one or more techniques to remove the wisdom tooth. Another tooth extraction technique used for wisdom tooth is called sectioning. In this procedure, the dentist makes a small access opening and removes the tooth section by section.