Wisdom teeth or third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into your mouth. These teeth develop behind the second molars or 12 year molars. Many patients do not have room in their mouths for these teeth to erupt into a fully functioning position and therefore they remain fully or partially impacted.
When a tooth is impacted it means that there is something blocking the tooth from erupting. These impacted teeth can cause infections, crowding and or damage of other teeth and in some cases cysts can develop around impacted wisdom teeth. Patients can also develop bone loss around the wisdom teeth or the adjacent teeth.
Before Wisdom Teeth Removal
Prior to wisdom teeth removal patients are seen in the office for a consultation visit where the dental surgeon will review x-rays, examine the patient, discuss the procedure and anesthesia options as well as the various risks and complications.
In addition, the doctor will review your medical history discussing allergies, medications and other health issues that may have an impact on the surgery and/or anesthesia options.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
This surgical procedure will vary from case to case based on level of difficulty. Generally with impacted wisdom teeth an incision is made in the gum and the tooth is removed. In some cases the tooth may be sectioned into pieces in order to facilitate removal.
Aftercare & Postoperative Visit
If sutures are placed they will generally dissolve on their own sometime during the week following surgery. Most patients will be seen for a postoperative visit approximately 1 week after the procedure.