Usually in a set of four, wisdom teeth surface during your late teens or early twenties. They are the last to erupt among all your teeth. Unfortunately, by the time they come through, chances are you already have 28 of your adult teeth all grown.
There may not be enough space anymore to accommodate the wisdom teeth. When this happens, your wisdom teeth may come through at an uncomfortable angle. When not treated, this can cause pain, lead to an infection, or damage other teeth.
Once you notice your wisdom teeth are starting to erupt, make sure to set an appointment with your dentist for a thorough examination. Your dentist can take a look at your wisdom teeth along with the surrounding teeth. You may have to take dental X-rays so your dentist can as well determine any potential or existing problems.
Depending on the result of the examination, your dentist may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction. Not all wisdom teeth may have to be extracted, though. One factor dentists look into is the type of impaction.
One possibility is that the tooth has gotten past the jawbone but gum may be covering a portion of its crown. This can cause food to get trapped below the gum and lead to tooth decay. On the other hand, a portion of the crown may not have penetrated through the bone and the gum. In other cases, the wisdom tooth may have been trapped on the jawbone and couldn’t erupt. This scenario would require a more complex procedure.
Tooth extraction is a major dental surgery. At Carstairs Dental we provide IV Sedation for all our wisdom teeth extractions. This is to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. You might experience discomfort as the anesthesia wears off after the surgery and notice some swelling as well. This is normal.
Make sure to give yourself time to rest for about a week. Your dentist might also advise that you refrain from brushing or flossing in the next 24 hours. Should you notice unusual occurrence such as discharge from the area, make sure to get in touch with your dentist immediately.
Carstairs dentists will do everything to attend to you the same day you call for an emergency. To avoid complications with your wisdom teeth, you may set an appointment with us so we can conduct an oral checkup.