Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that appear in your mouth on each side of the dental arches between ages 17-25. At this age, there is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate these wisdom teeth and as a result, they are often impacted and crooked. If you have wisdom teeth, in all probability you will want to get them extracted at some point of your life. You might get your wisdom teeth extracted for any of the following reasons:
- Wisdom teeth are often impacted and fail to erupt out of the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth are painful and cause infections and cysts.
- Wisdom teeth erupt at a wrong angle and press against adjacent teeth and cause orthodontic issues.
- The jaw is not large enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth causing them to become crooked.
- Wisdom teeth are placed at the end of the dental arches and are hard to reach with a brush or floss. This makes them more susceptible to decay, cavities and infections.
- Partially erupted wisdom teeth give bacteria a pathway to enter the gums and cause infections. It leads to gum infections and bone recession.
Step-by-step guide to wisdom teeth removal
A wisdom tooth can be extracted in 5 simple steps.
- X-rays will be taken to determine the position of the wisdom tooth and its roots. Your dentist or oral surgeon will numb your tooth and the surrounding area to prepare for wisdom teeth extraction. Anesthesia makes the procedure extremely comfortable and painless.
- An incision is made to remove the gum tissues that reveal the tooth completely.
- Impacted wisdom teeth are covered in bone. A tool is used to drill through and remove the bone in which the tooth lays embedded.
- Surgical instruments are used to loosen the connective tissues and the tooth is moved back-and-forth to release it from the socket. After the tooth has become loose enough, your dentist will pull it out with force with a dental tool. Your dentist may also break the tooth into parts to make the extraction process easy.
- The gum is sutured back into place. Your dentist will provide you a gauze pad to control the bleeding and help clot formation. You will also be educated on aftercare.
We, at Bliss Dentistry of Campbell, California, cater to all your needs pertaining to dental services and routine exams. Our Campbell dentists with their entire team persevere to provide you with exceptional treatment that enhances and maintains the beauty of your smile. If you have any further question, queries or dental emergencies and are looking for an experienced dentist in the South Bay Area, feel free to contact us at (408) 963-6678 to schedule an appointment.