Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to show in the mouth, usually sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. They present no problem if they come through the gum properly, are aligned correctly in the mouth and are healthy. But when they do not come through the gum correctly or remain entirely within the gum, they can present a variety of problems.
In a large number of cases involving impacted wisdom teeth, there is not enough room in the mouth for the teeth to properly come through the gum. If a wisdom tooth is impacted, that means it is stuck in the gum in a position where it cannot operate as a fully functioning tooth. When impaction occurs, problems start to develop. If a wisdom tooth cannot find a way to completely erupt through the gum, it can interfere with the alignment of other teeth in an attempt to position itself correctly. Other teeth can then be pushed out of alignment. Infections of the gum, pain, swelling and decay can then occur. The patient may experience problems with chewing and eating. Cysts and tumors can develop as well. When these problems start to develop, it is obvious that the offending wisdom tooth or teeth must come out.
Wisdom teeth are harmless, unless they are not aligned correctly. Ask your Northridge dentist to examine your and see if they need to be extracted.
For the dentist to properly evaluate the situation concerning wisdom teeth and their possible extraction, he must perform a thorough examination to see exactly what is involved. This examination will include X-rays to give the dentist a picture of what is happening inside the gum. The dentist will take X-rays of the entire area in order to get an overall view of what is occurring. The X-rays will not only show the position of the wisdom teeth underneath the gum, but they will also allow the dentist to see how surrounding teeth are being affected.
Wisdom teeth extractions are usually done under local anesthesia. Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may also be used. After the surgery has been performed by a specially trained professional, the patient will be given the necessary instructions on post-operative care. Medication may be prescribed to minimize any swelling or discomfort for the patient.