Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction is a medical term that is used to describe the surgical procedure that results in the removal of the wisdom teeth. The procedure often differs from typical tooth extraction in a few areas. Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that can be found at the back of your mouth. Unlike any other teeth that we have, wisdom teeth typically start to grow in an individual’s mouth when they are between the ages of 17-25. In this overview, we’ll take a look at the circumstances as to why an individual may have their wisdom teeth removed, the specifics on the procedure itself as well as some benefits that are associated with removing your wisdom teeth.
Situations That Warrant A Wisdom Teeth Extraction
In general, if a wisdom tooth does not have an adequate amount of room to grow, this can lead to the manifestation of pain, infection and several other dental problems. In a situation like this, chances are that the individual will need to have them pulled by an oral surgeon or by a dentist. For example, erupting wisdom teeth can grow incorrectly and cause the gum to bleed such as growing horizontally for example.
- Partial Growth – If the wisdom teeth emerges partially through the gum line, a passageway will be created. This passage way is extremely hard to see and clean as well. As a matter of fact, it can even become a magnet for bacteria and lead to the development of gum disease and or an oral infection.
- Prevent Future Potential Problems – Additionally, it’s also worth noting that in an effort to prevent future potential problems, some oral surgeons and doctors may recommend the possibility of a wisdom tooth extraction even if the individual is not currently experiencing any problems.
- Close Proximity To Sensitive Nerve Areas – In some instances the wisdom teeth may be growing too close to the nerve of the lower jaw. In a situation like this the dentist may remove said wisdom teeth before they are fully developed.
- Newly Encountered Dental Problems – It’s also worth noting that the American Dental Association proclaims that individuals who have wisdom teeth that are still growing, should consider the possibility of getting a wisdom tooth removal procedure if they experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as: tumors, gum disease, pain, cysts, infection, extensive tooth decay.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
During a wisdom teeth extraction, the first thing that occurs is the application of anesthesia. There are three types of anesthesia that the dentist may utilize and the type of anesthesia that the dentist may utilize is entirely dependent on the growth stage at which the wisdom teeth are at. The three types of anesthesia that the doctor may utilize include: sedation anesthesia, local anesthesia and general anesthesia.
Once anesthesia has been applied the dentist will make an incision in the gumline in an effort to expose the tooth and bone. Once this has occurred, the dentist will remove the bone that blocks access to the root of the affected tooth. After which, they divide the tooth into sections if it is significantly easier to remove it in pieces depending on where they are lodged, or they will remove the entire tooth altogether. Once each individual tooth has been removed, the dentist will clean the site of the affected tooth as well as any debris that may be within that area. After which they will stitch the wound to facilitate healing, although this isn’t always conducted. Once the stitches have been applied a gauze will be placed over the original extraction site in an effort to control bleeding as well as to help a blood cot to form.
Benefits of Having Your Wisdom Teeth Out
As mentioned before, the problem that’s associated with having a set of wisdom teeth isn’t the wisdom teeth themselves but rather, the pattern in which they grow. As such, individuals who have been experiencing infections, decay, bite problems, air pockets and any other recently encountered dental problem, will no longer encounter them once they have their wisdom teeth removed.
Need Wisdom Teeth Removal in Idaho Falls?
Most people experience little to no pain once the surgery has been completed. However, the side effects that you may encounter is entirely dependent on the dental office that you utilize. With our training, experience, and expertise, we have conducted countless wisdom teeth extraction procedures. As such, we’re knowledgeable and experienced enough to provide our patients with a wisdom tooth extraction service that is fast, affordable, and that typically results in minimal side effects once the surgery has been completed.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Anderson, call our Idaho Falls, ID office at (208) 522-1164 or schedule an appointment online.