Wisdom Teeth are the last teeth to appear in the mouth and usually present between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom Teeth commonly appear as two additional teeth in both the upper and lower jaw. While many Wisdom Teeth may not cause any issues or need to be removed, some Wisdom Teeth can cause distress and pain to the overlying gum, swelling, swollen nymph nodes or glands, fever or difficulty swallowing and will require extraction.
At Drouin Dental, our team is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Wisdom Teeth. A special OPG x-ray will determine the size and position of your Wisdom Teeth, followed by a recommendation for the best surgical method for extraction. Depending on the nature of the surgery required, sedation techniques may be incorporated into your treatment and for more complicated cases, a referral to an oral surgeon may be recommended.
Wisdom Teeth that only erupt partially allow an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone or nerves. Teeth that remain partially or completely entrapped with the soft tissue or the jawbone are called impacted.
Removing Wisdom Teeth is easier in young people because the roots of the Wisdom Teeth are not yet fully developed, and the bone is less dense. In older people, recovery and healing time tends to be longer.
The ease with which your Wisdom Teeth can be extracted by your dentist or oral surgeon depends on the position of the teeth. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea as to what to expect during your pre extraction examination. Wisdom Teeth can be removed with either a local anaesthetic, sleep dentistry in the chair, or under a general anaesthetic.