Out of the 32 teeth we have, the wisdom teeth, or the third molars, are the last set of teeth to erupt. They are found at the back of the dental ridges and hardly play a significant role in chewing food due to their posterior position. Although the third molars emerge like any other regular tooth, they may lead to a certain complication in some instances. This condition is called impacted wisdom teeth - a painful oral concern that can have several risks.
The exact cause of impacted wisdom teeth varies from person to person. In most cases, it is associated with jawbone shape and size. When the teeth are too big for the sockets, they tend to get stuck when they erupt. In some instances, they would be inclined at a rather awkward angle, making them come in contact with the roots of the adjoining teeth or the jawbone itself. Since the wisdom teeth usually emerge when the individual is in their late teens, they would stand a higher chance of sustaining impaction.
The dentist will thoroughly screen the mouth to determine the severity of the impaction. We will also take x-rays to get a better view of the underlying jawbone and tooth roots to check if they have sustained damage. If possible, we will try to treat the condition using medication and surgery. But, if the tooth is beyond any form of treatment, we will have to extract it.
Extracting an impacted wisdom tooth can be done much like any other tooth. We will administer local anesthesia near the tooth to numb it and the surrounding tissues before commencing the extraction. In case the tooth is impacted in a very awkward position, we may have to section the tooth and remove it in smaller fragments. The dentist will suggest suitable aftercare instruction to facilitate optimum healing.
Please do reach out to us on call or by scheduling an online consultation with our dental professionals, and we’ll be glad to assist you further.