Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth?

July 30, 2018 | Posted in Education

Wisdom teeth issues are a problem that many young adults end up having to deal with. They are the last set of molars to come in, and for some people they come properly aligned and are a positive addition to the mouth. However, in most cases, they come in unaligned and will need to be removed. Unaligned wisdom teeth are typically positioned horizontally, angled inward or outward, or angled away or towards the second molars. Incorrectly aligned wisdom teeth cause severe issues, including damaging adjacent teeth, nearby nerves, and the jawbone.
 
Every few visits to your dentist, they will take an x-ray to check if the wisdom teeth are present, and if they are properly aligned. If they are found to be unaligned, your dentist will most likely recommend that they are extracted. In most cases, the earlier the extraction can occur, the better. As the bone and tooth roots develop over time, the extraction tends to become more painful and complicated.
 
If it’s decided that your wisdom teeth should be extracted, your dentist or oral surgeon will explain to you exactly what will happen during your surgery. Depending on the difficulty of the surgery, different forms of sedation will be used. Because of this sedation, the surgery itself will be fairly comfortable. At the end of the surgery, when the anesthetic begins to wear off, the pain one experiences will depend on the method of tooth extraction that was used. During the next few days after your surgery, the pain will subside and your teeth will be almost fully healed.
 
At the Rideau Dental Centre we have the expertise to provide wisdom teeth extraction, if it is recommended during your assessment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475!