Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. They are the last teeth that come out. Usually they grow between the ages of 17 – 25. Since they erupt so late they can get impacted.
What is an Impacted Tooth?
A tooth becomes impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch and its growth and eruption are prevented by overlying gum, bone or another tooth.
Is impacted tooth a serious condition?
If we have impacted teeth they can lead to infection and they can also damage the neighbouring teeth and roots. Bigger problems may occur if the impacted tooth gets inflamed. That could permanently damage the neighbouring teeth, and the surrounding bone and nerves.
Should a wisdom tooth be taken out even if it is not causing any problems?
Not necessarily. We can see the situation on the X ray scan. Also, not all problems related to third molars are painful or visible. In time the roots become longer and teeth become more difficult to remove and complications become more likely. If there are bad signs, it is much better to react fast, because latter there will be more complications.
What Happens During Surgery?
It depends what is the condition and position of the tooth. Usually wisdom tooth extractions are performed in the oral surgery office under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss the anesthetic option that is right for you.
After the surgery you could be little swollen, which is normal. Cold compresses may help decrease the swelling. You may have to change your diet after the surgery to a more soft food, but that would be just for a short period of time.