Wisdom Teeth Removal
Find Out More About Wisdom Teeth and Accompanying Procedures!
When people think about wisdom teeth, they often think about the problems they can cause. However, it is important to realise that wisdom teeth do not always cause problems, since wisdom teeth can vary from person to person. Let us take a closer look at wisdom teeth and the problems they may cause.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars in the back of the jaw. These wisdom teeth do not come out until the late teens or early twenties and can be a valuable asset to your dental health. However, when the wisdom teeth are not properly aligned, they can cause problems.
Many wisdom teeth tend to get removed before they become a problem, since it is easier to remove the wisdom teeth during the younger years. Any problems with the wisdom teeth can be detected by your dentist with an x-ray, so if you suspect your wisdom teeth are coming out, be sure to have them checked by your dentist to avoid problems in the future.
What Symptoms Can I Experience Because of Problems with the Wisdom Teeth?
Bad or misaligned wisdom teeth can cause a variety of symptoms. The most common symptom for an impacted wisdom tooth (condition where the wisdom tooth does not have enough space to emerge) is jaw pain or jaw stiffness.
In some cases, wisdom teeth can also cause an infection of the gum; this is usually the case for impacted wisdom teeth that do not have the room to emerge. When there is insufficient space for your wisdom teeth, brushing that part of the mouth can also become a problem, hence why it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Problems with the wisdom teeth usually occur between the age of fifteen and twenty-five. Cases in patients older than thirty are extremely rare. For that reason, it is more likely that wisdom teeth problem occurs in young adults.
What Can I Do Until I See My Dentist?
If you still have to wait a number of days before you can see your dentist, there are some things you can do to reduce the discomfort caused by your wisdom teeth. The first tip we can provide you with is the use of mouthwash. Mouthwash has the ability to disinfect the mouth and reduce some of the discomfort you have been experiencing. If you do not have any mouthwash in your home at the moment, you can also use some lukewarm water with a teaspoon of salt.
If your pain is severe, we recommend calling your dentist for an emergency appointment, so your dentist can provide you with the necessary pain relief. While waiting for your appointment, you can also use some over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, the dentist will prescribe some antibiotics. This may happen for patients with an infected gum or infected wisdom teeth.
How Can the Dentist Detect Problems with Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth problems are always detected with an x-ray. The reason for that is the fact that an x-ray will be able to show problems before they occur, such as a misaligned wisdom tooth or the fact that the patient does not have enough room in the jaw to accommodate the new wisdom teeth.
Taking an x-ray is standard procedure at the dentist’s office, so you will not feel any discomfort or pain. Even if you do not have any problems with your wisdom teeth at the moment, the dentist will give you a regular x-ray to evaluate the general health of your teeth.
When Will the Dentist Take Wisdom Teeth Out?
The dentist may choose to remove your wisdom teeth for three reasons. The first reason why the dentist may remove your wisdom teeth is the misalignment of your wisdom teeth. For example, if your wisdom teeth do not have enough room in the jaw to emerge or when the wisdom teeth are not emerging straight.
Another reason why your wisdom teeth may be removed is tooth decay. For some patients, the wisdom teeth only come through partially and show clear signs of decay. These wisdom teeth should be removed as quickly as possible to avoid other problems.
The last reason why your dentist may remove your wisdom teeth is when they are causing you a considerable amount of discomfort or pain. However, this pain and discomfort is usually caused by the misalignment of wisdom teeth, so they are directly linked to the first reason we mentioned earlier.
Will the Removal of Wisdom Teeth Cause Any Discomfort?
The removal itself will not be felt by the patient. The only discomfort the patient may be experiencing after the extraction of the wisdom teeth is some minor swelling. However, this swelling is minimal and will disappear completely after a couple of days.
Some patients will also receive some pain medication from their dentist, depending on how the removal procedure went. If you are concerned about wisdom teeth removal, or have some additional questions, do not hesitate to contact your local dentist.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
The cost of wisdom teeth removal depends on the difficulty of the procedure. Most wisdom teeth are quite easy to remove, but there are a number of patients where the removal of wisdom teeth is going to be little more difficult. However, your dentist will always provide you with an estimate for the procedure, so you will know what to expect.
Patients who have private health insurance may be covered for wisdom teeth removal, so be sure to check your health insurance policy before you have the procedure done.
Are Extracted Wisdom Teeth Replaced with Dental Implants?
Extracted wisdom teeth are never replaced with dental implants, considering the fact that these teeth are in the back of the jaw and do not have an impact on the functioning of the mouth. Other teeth, such as the front teeth, can have an impact on the functioning of the mouth, so these teeth definitely need to be replaced with dental implants.
Patients who have lost some teeth and want to explore their options can find more information about dental implants on the Malo Clinic website. We also organise free information evenings about dental implants, where you can speak to one of the experts in the field of dental implants – Dr Larry Benge.