Wisdom teeth are more formally known as the third molars, and they are the last permanent teeth to emerge. They typically don’t erupt until you are in your late teens or early 20s.
What does wisdom teeth removal involve?
Wisdom teeth removal in Chicago is a less intimidating procedure than it was in previous generations. Dentists will provide a sedative to keep patients calm, and they will use a local anesthetic to keep patients comfortable. The exact procedure used to remove the wisdom tooth will depend on the type of problem that it’s causing. For example, a wisdom tooth that is fully erupted can generally be extracted like any other tooth. If it’s buried under the gum, however, the dentist will have to make an incision in order to reach it.
After the procedure, the dentist will provide patients with medications to relieve pain and prevent infection while they heal.
What kinds of problems do wisdom teeth cause?
Removing wisdom teeth isn’t necessary if they have emerged normally and completely. In too many cases, however, there isn’t enough space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth, so they are impacted or misaligned. Impacted teeth are teeth that have emerged only partway. Such teeth remain partially under the gum and thus readily trap food, bacteria, and other debris. Impacted teeth, therefore, are very likely to become infected or decayed. They also increase the risk of gum disease.
A properly aligned tooth is straight and doesn’t collide with its neighbors. Misaligned teeth can be sideways or angled towards other teeth. They can damage other teeth, nerves, or even the jawbone.
The dentist will usually order an X-ray to determine if a wisdom tooth needs to be removed and the best way to do so.
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