Wisdom Teeth Removal
Adults develop a total of 32 teeth. Most of the teeth are in by the age of 13. The last 4 teeth, however, do not come in until your late teens to early 20s. These teeth are the third molars or wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the most at risk of becoming impacted. This means that they may not be able to properly erupt through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several serious issues, greatly affecting your quality of life. At Palani Center for Dental Implants, we can help with wisdom teeth removal.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted?
Your wisdom teeth are the most likely teeth to become impacted. There are several reasons for this. Common reasons include:
What Happens When the Wisdom Teeth are Impacted?
When your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may be faced with several issues. These issues include:
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed. This is done with a surgical extraction. Typically, the earlier the wisdom teeth are removed, the easier it is. This is because the roots are not fully formed and are therefore not very long. The bone around them is also still soft. Removing wisdom teeth later can make the extraction a bit more complex.
Your surgical extraction begins with a local anesthetic. This numbs the treatment areas. Sedation or general anesthesia may also be provided to help you feel relaxed and comfortable. Incisions are made near the wisdom teeth to expose their roots and surrounding bone. We then work to remove the teeth. This might mean removing a small portion of bone in the process.
In some cases, the wisdom teeth may need to be sectioned and removed in pieces. Once the teeth are completely removed, the areas are cleaned out and disinfected. Finally, your surgical incisions are sutured closed.
Removing impacted wisdom teeth helps to improve your oral health and your quality of life. Following their removal, they do not need to be replaced. For more information, or if you are experiencing symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, contact Palani Center for Dental Implants today (310) 894-8337.