Wisdom teeth are the third molars that are situated right at the back of your mouth. Some people are able to keep their wisdom teeth. If the following applies, you will not need to have your wisdom teeth removed:


  • They are healthy
  • You are able to clean them as part of your daily hygiene practice
  • They are positioned in the correct manner and you can bite properly with the opposing teeth 
  • They are fully erupted, which means they have grown in completely 


In many scenarios, wisdom teeth will not have sufficient room to grow correctly, and this can result in different issues. Wisdom teeth can grow at different angles in the jaw, sometimes even erupting horizontally. This can lead to a number of different issues. Some are as follows:


  • Teeth nearby can become crowded. If the wisdom teeth do not have sufficient room to come in properly, they can end up damaging or crowding nearby teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth can begin emerging partially through the gums. As this area is difficult to clean and see, the wisdom teeth that emerge partially can generate a passageway that can become a magnet for bacteria, resulting in oral infection and gum disease.
  • Another problem is that the wisdom teeth can stay fully hidden within the gums. They can become impacted, which means they are trapped, within your jaw because they are not able to emerge normally. Sometimes this can result in an infection or it can cause a cyst that can result in damage to other teeth roots or bone support. 


As you can see, there are a number of reasons why you may require wisdom tooth removal. If you require this type of treatment, you will want to know what to expect. This does depend on the condition of your wisdom teeth at the moment. 


If your tooth has not come through the gum yet, a small incision will be made into the gum so that the tooth can be accessed. A small piece of bone that covers the tooth could also need to be removed. 


It may be that the dentist needs to cut the tooth into smaller parts so that it is easier to remove through the opening. 


Before the tooth is removed, you will feel a bit of pressure. The dentist will need to widen the tooth socket, and they will do this by rocking the tooth backward and forward prior to taking it out. 


Don’t worry; the area will be numb, so you should not feel any pain. Nevertheless, should you feel any pain throughout the procedure, let your dentist know. He or she should be able to give you some more anesthetic. 


The amount of time that is needed for each tooth to be removed is going to vary. Simple procedures may only take a few minutes. However, there are cases that are complicated and this can end up taking around 20 minutes or sometimes longer. 


If you have any questions about wisdom tooth removal, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.