Wisdom Teeth Extraction
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Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are located at the very back of the mouth and usually do not erupt until a person’s late teens or early 20s. However, most people don’t have enough room in their mouth to accommodate these teeth. At Atlantis Dental in Framingham, MA, we perform preventive and emergency wisdom teeth extractions to prevent pain, infection, and misalignment.
Complications Caused by Wisdom Teeth
There was a time when humans needed their third molars. Our ancestors required those additional molars in their larger jaws to help them eat the chewy plants and raw meat of centuries ago. Our diets and needs have changed and evolution has eliminated the need for wisdom teeth. Most people have these extra teeth removed on their dentist’s or orthodontist’s recommendation before they have a chance to erupt and wreak havoc on your oral health.
Whether wisdom teeth break through the gums or not, they can cause:
- Severe pain
- Bite misalignment
- Tooth damage
- Jaw damage
People who see their dentist regularly should never have to worry about the effects of wisdom teeth on their oral health because your Framingham dentist will keep an eye on their development. If any discomfort occurs in between dental visits, reach out to your dentist immediately to avoid complications and the need for emergency wisdom teeth extraction.
The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process
Wisdom teeth extraction is done under anesthesia and the procedure can take place at the dentist’s office, an outpatient clinic, or a hospital. Location will depend on the complexity of a patient’s case and the dentist’s preferences.
Here are the basics of the wisdom teeth extraction procedure:
- Cut: An incision is made to expose the tooth and bone.
- Remove: The tooth and its root are extracted, sometimes in pieces.
- Clean: The tooth socket is cleaned of debris.
- Stitch: The wound is stitched shut and gauze is used to control bleeding and help with formation of a blood clot.
Patients must be escorted home from their wisdom tooth extraction and they will also leave with detailed instructions about how to care for the wound, clean your teeth and mouth, manage pain, eating instructions, expectations for healing, and when they can safely resume normal activity.
Some Facts About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can do a lot of damage. Though most people have their wisdom teeth removed before they cause any problems, others choose to take their chances and ultimately find themselves in a painful emergency.
Here are some facts it’s important to know:
- All problem wisdom teeth are impacted: Wisdom teeth do not always break through the gums but if they’re still in your mouth and causing problems, they’re called impacted wisdom teeth. If they do break through, they’re known as partially impacted.
- There simply isn’t enough room: If wisdom teeth do erupt through the gums, they do so at an odd angle because there simply isn’t enough room for them. This positioning can cause extreme pain.
- Don’t waste any time: If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed and you’re experiencing pain, swelling, and other discomfort, impacted wisdom teeth could be to blame. Reach out to your dentist right away to get immediate treatment before your oral health is compromised by the wisdom teeth.
- No need to replace them: Wisdom teeth are the only teeth that do not need to be replaced after extraction.
Get Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Framingham
If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are causing problems, or if you think your teen needs to have his or her wisdom teeth extracted, contact Atlantis Dental in Framingham to schedule a consultation with our team.