Wisdom teeth removal is the process of pulling wisdom teeth completely out of the socket. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that are the last to erupt at the back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth removal is required when wisdom teeth are causing discomfort, infection, gum disease, or teeth overcrowding.
Getting wisdom teeth removed is a safe and quick procedure that takes only about 3-4 days of recovery. Dr. Ronald Ayzin has been practicing wisdom teeth removal surgery since 2017. Visit us at Laguna Dental Center for wisdom teeth removal and get back your healthy, worry-free smile!
What to Know About Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are known as the third molars at the back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth are part of the strongest and largest teeth that grind your food. Your 32 adult teeth are completed by two wisdom teeth at the top and two at the bottom of your jaw.
Our ancestors needed wisdom teeth since their diet included raw flesh, crunchy foods, and hard nuts. Some people only have some of their wisdom teeth, while others have none at all. This incidence might be brought on by dietary changes that have replaced our ancestors’ hard, raw foods with softer, cooked foods.
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure?
Wisdom teeth removal is the dental procedure of removing wisdom teeth entirely from their sockets. Normal eruptions of wisdom teeth do not require extraction. Wisdom teeth that cause discomfort, decay, or irritation must be extracted to prevent further dental complications.
Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Numerous issues arise as a result of wisdom teeth that erupt at an angle or that become completely or partially impacted in the gums. The following situations necessitate the removal of wisdom teeth.
- Pain felt in the back of the mouth because of a wisdom tooth.
- Food trapping around the wisdom teeth.
- Gum disease around the wisdom tooth.
- Tooth decay due to partially erupted wisdom teeth.
- Presence of cyst or infection around the wisdom teeth.
- Damage to the teeth or bone near the wisdom teeth.
- Overcrowding and misalignment of teeth.
- Preventative treatments for wisdom teeth that could cause problems in the future.
Wisdom teeth that are partially erupted, misaligned, or angled need to be examined by a wisdom teeth removal dentist for proper treatment.
Partial Eruption of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth that have only partially erupted indicate that the third molars have not fully penetrated out of the gums. Only the crown is visible when a wisdom tooth is partially erupted (impacted). Dental pain from impacted wisdom teeth can travel to the jaw, throat, ear, and face. Plaque can accumulate around impacted wisdom teeth which can lead to infection. The partially erupted wisdom teeth tend to push the other molars out of position. These issues caused by partially erupted wisdom teeth can be avoided by seeing a dentist early for wisdom teeth removal.
Misaligned Eruption of Wisdom Teeth
The soft tissues and gums in the space between the last molar and the erupting wisdom tooth become pinched by the wisdom teeth’s misaligned eruption. Swelling and pain are caused by the pinching and pressure of the wisdom teeth on the surrounding structures. Leaving misaligned wisdom teeth untreated results in further difficulties like infection, gum disease, or damage to other structures in the mouth.
Angled Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth that are angled between 1 and 90 degrees toward the front or back of the mouth push on the molars adjacent to it. Angled wisdom teeth need to be removed because of the pain and damage that they cause to the nearby teeth and oral structures.
What Age Do Wisdom Teeth Appear?
Wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Removing wisdom teeth during these ages is easier and has a lower risk of complications.
Are Wisdom Teeth Painful?
Wisdom teeth cause pain when they are impacted or misaligned. Impacted and misaligned wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. These wisdom teeth become sites of decay and infection.
Check with your dentist for wisdom teeth removal straight away if you have misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth.
Will I Feel Pain During Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?
A local anesthetic is given to you before your wisdom teeth are removed. The extraction site is injected with local anesthesia to make it numb so you do not feel any pain during the procedure. You will only feel pressure or pulling as the wisdom tooth is removed from the gums. Patients who are anxious are given a sedative. Tell your dentist right away if you experience any pain while having your wisdom teeth pulled.
How Long Does Pain Last After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Pain from Emergency wisdom teeth removal reaches its peak 1-3 days following the procedure. Pain from wisdom teeth removal can be accompanied by bruising, edema, and inflammation. The discomfort associated with wisdom teeth removal is relieved at home with ice packs and oral pain medicines.
Step-by-Step Procedure: Wisdom Teeth Removal
These are the 4 steps you will experience in the process of getting your wisdom teeth removed.
- Application of local anesthetic. The extraction site is numbed with local anesthesia before extracting wisdom teeth. Patients who are anxious are given sedatives.
- Incision in the gums. Surgical wisdom teeth removal requires cutting the wisdom teeth into smaller pieces for easier tooth extraction.
- Extraction of the wisdom teeth. The dentist or oral surgeon loosens the wisdom teeth to be removed and lifts them off their socket.
- Disinfection and cleaning of the extraction site. The wisdom tooth socket is disinfected and cleaned. The stitches affixed to the extraction site fall off naturally after a few days. A gauze pad is provided for you to bite on to stop bleeding after wisdom teeth surgery.