Removing your wisdom teeth safely and effectively with sedation dentistry
Your wisdom teeth (known as molars) reside in the back of your mouth on each side of both the upper and lower jaw and are the last teeth to erupt.
When wisdom teeth erupt, some people have no complications while unfortunately others do. This is because each person’s jaw structure is different and some people have more room for their wisdom teeth, while others don’t. When the former happens, we refer to this as an impacted tooth. If the jaw doesn’t have enough room for the new tooth, your tooth fails to completely erupt and stays inside the jaw bone. In addition to insufficient space in the mouth, your wisdom tooth can become impacted if your jaw is misaligned or because your jaw bone and gums are tough, making it difficult for the wisdom tooth to penetrate the gum surface.
Impacted teeth can cause a domino-like effect, resulting in a multitude of unpleasant and potentially serious oral health concerns. The pain often associated with wisdom teeth is cyclical in nature, with the pain “coming and going”. Even though the impacted teeth can reside harmlessly within the jaw comes for variable periods of time, over time, the associated problems can become more frequent and complicated. As such you may experience any of problems below:
For these reasons there is a general consensus that impacted wisdom teeth should be removed as they serve no functional purpose.
There are a few warning signs that you can look out for which could be a sign that you may require wisdom teeth removal. These signs include:
Impacted teeth can be removed at any age, but it is generally agreed that removing wisdom teeth during the late teens/early twenties is advantageous since the tooth roots may not yet be completely formed, thus allowing for easier removal. More importantly, the shorter the time impacted teeth remain in your jaw bones, the less the incidence of their potential complications.