No one wishes to have their wisdom teeth removed, but it is common to have them removed as in many cases as they pose problems due to their position in the arch. They may also cause infections, decay and lack of function. In most cases they are impacted or obstructed preventing them from erupting into their normal position.
Wisdom teeth need to be removed commonly as they are blocked or impacted and prevented from erupting into proper position due to lack of space in the jaw.
In many instances it results in frequent inflammation and pain along the tissues covering the wisdom tooth. Some impacted teeth leads to collection of food in between the wisdom tooth and the adjacent tooth leading to caries and gum disease as the area is not readily accessible to your toothbrush or floss.
Once we determine the need to extract your wisdom teeth, after having viewed your x-rays for the type of impaction. We administer local anaesthetic and in many cases dental surgery is required. Once the numbness is tested to be working, gum tissue covering the tooth is opened and surrounding bone may need partial removal for the extraction of the wisdom tooth. Once the tooth removal is completed the gum tissue is secured by sutures and post operative home care instructions are given.
Wisdom teeth can mostly be removed in a general dental practice under local anaesthetic, but there are instances where you may be referred to an oral surgeon and you could opt for the procedure to be performed under a general anaesthetic. There are risks associated with removal of wisdom teeth like pain, swelling, dry socket, infection, numbness of lips.
Disclaimer: All Dental surgical procedures carry risks. You can seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner before proceeding with treatment.