What Are Wisdom Teeth?

June 20, 2016 | Posted in Education

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that most people get during their late teens to early twenties. For some people, wisdom teeth come in properly aligned and can be a great addition to the mouth, but most of the time they come in unaligned and need to be removed. When wisdom teeth come in unaligned, they may be positioned horizontally, angled away or towards the second molars, or be angled inward or outward. Unaligned wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues such as damaging adjacent teeth, the jawbone, and nerves around the mouth.
 
To check if you have wisdom teeth, once every few visits your dentist will take an x-ray to check if the teeth are present and see their alignment. Depending on the state of your wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend that they are extracted. Typically, the earlier the extraction the better, as extractions tend to become more painful and complicated as the bone and tooth roots continue to develop.
 
If it is determined that your wisdom teeth are ready for extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will prepare you for your surgery and explain to you exactly what will happen. Proper sedation will be used depending on the difficulty of your specific surgery. The surgery itself should be fairly comfortable and not too painful due to the anesthetic your dentist or oral surgeon will use. After the surgery when the anesthetic wears off, the amount of pain one experiences depends on the exact type of extraction that had to be used. After a few days, you should be pretty much fully healed.
 
Here at the Rideau Dental Centre we have the expertise to provide wisdom teeth extraction should that be recommended during your assessment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475!