Wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are the last teeth to develop and are located behind the rest of the teeth. They are not shaped like other teeth, and can cause some pretty severe problems.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is jammed up against other teeth or is incapable of escaping, it is termed impacted. Research has shown that nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth resulting from a lack of space within the mouth. Impacted teeth can lead to many problems including pain, infection, crowding, or injury to adjacent teeth, difficulty maintaining hygiene, as well as possible cyst formation around the wisdom tooth. It is best to have the wisdom teeth removed at as young of an age as possible.
Most wisdom tooth surgery is done at City Square Dental. Each suite is furnished with state of the art monitoring to ensure safety. Surgery is performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss which anesthetic option is right for you.
During surgery, your gums will be cut open, and the tooth removed. Sometimes they will be removed in one piece, but other times it will come out in pieces. You will get dissolving stitches that should go away on their own in about a week.
You will need to take it easy for a few days post-operative. You cannot eat foods that are too hard, and you will be in some pain. Your jaw may also swell. However, it will feel better than it would have if your wisdom teeth created a problem. We will give most patients painkillers post-op and encourage icing and OTC painkillers.
It is important to get wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible, as the jaws are still soft in young teens and early adults. Call us as soon as you feel any pain at 289 521-2555.