Manly Dentist Peter Heyworth

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Everyone has heard of wisdom teeth, but most people aren’t quite sure what they are, or why we have them. All we do know is that we have them and sometimes they can be extremely painful and have to be removed. Wisdom teeth extractions are usually minor, one day surgical procedure that involves removing the wisdom teeth, also known as oral surgery.

Every human has wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth usually mature between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. Some people go through life and never experience any discomfort or pain or even have to have them removed! Wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth and usually consist of the four molars. Often times wisdom teeth become impacted, which means they grow in sideways, and thus need to be removed as they can cause damage to surrounding teeth and even the jaw and bone.

Wisdom teeth extractions are typically performed by dentists or oral surgeons. These procedures are generally in-office, day procedures. Sometimes this procedure is performed in a hospital, but it is typically reserved for patients who have other complications or other serious conditions such as diabetes or cancer. Typically a light anesthetic is used to subdue the patient so he or she may feel more relaxed and comfortable. Infections occur at times but they are easily treatable with prescribed antibiotics.

Some of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth extractions include:

• They become “impacted”, or grow in sideways.
• They can cause gum infections.
• Impacted teeth can also cause serious infections, cysts, and even damage to your teeth and bones.
• Back teeth crowding.
• Damage or decay to wisdom teeth.
• Prevention of gum disease.

Although the procedure of wisdom teeth extractions may seem unpleasant and uncomfortable, it is better than experiencing extreme pain and discomfort due to impacted teeth, infections, or even bone damage. Once they have been successfully removed, the healing process can take some time and typically involves a slight diet alteration, however, you will be worry free of any further serious risks.

Wisdom teeth extractions are a common procedure that is performed by dentists and oral surgeons every day. It is extremely common for patients to have their wisdom teeth removed for one reason or another. All in all, if you believe your wisdom teeth are bothering you, it is a good idea to consult your dentist regarding a possible wisdom teeth extraction procedure to see if it is needed and right for you.