Wisdom Teeth Extraction
What is Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth are actually the third and final set of molars. Wisdom teeth typically break through the gum line between the ages of 17 and 21 but can sometimes erupt as early as 13 or as late as 25. Interestingly, the phrase ‘wisdom tooth’ is used to describe these molars because they erupt much later than the other teeth, at a time when the person is much “wiser” than they were as a child.
Why would a Tooth Need to be Extracted?
Most often a dentist tooth extraction is done to solve a simple problem: the patient is in pain. Now that doesn’t mean that every toothache requires an extraction. It does mean that there are certain specific instances when it is optimum to remove the tooth rather than attempt another course of treatment:
Wisdom Teeth – When a person enters their later teenage years, additional teeth start to grow in at the back of their mouths, one on each side of the upper and lower jaw. In most cases, the jaw bone is not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. Thus, when they do start to come in they often need to be removed. This is definitely not every case where some people retain their wisdom teeth all their lives. However, if the wisdom teeth begin to provide discomfort, the best solution is to remove them.
Impacted Teeth – An impacted tooth is one that remains fully or partially below the surface of the gums as it grows in. Such teeth can become infected and push against other teeth, creating inflammation or infections. Impacted teeth are removed for the overall health of the patient and to relieve the pain from the swelling and inflammation.
Crowded Teeth – There are times where teeth are too tightly crowded in a person’s mouth, and removing a tooth may simply make it easier to straighten or align the teeth. This would be done in combination with orthodontic treatment.
Health Concerns – We may also recommend a tooth be extracted simply for health purposes. If a tooth has severely decayed and becomes infected, it may be in the patient’s best interest to remove it entirely and have it replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.
Is Tooth Extraction Painful?
Dr. Bursich and Associates takes every precaution to offer as pain-free tooth extractions services as possible. Thanks to modern anesthetics, you should not feel pain during the procedure itself. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding. After the extraction itself, you will have gauze placed in your mouth for several hours while the bleeding stops. Your jaw may be sore over the next 24 hours, and sometimes antibiotics are recommended to aid recovery and prevent infection.