Wisdom teeth or the third molars are the last teeth in the mouth. Wisdom teeth erupts in most people usually in late teenage years or early twenties. Most people have four in total (one in each corner), but sometimes more, and it’s not uncommon for some people to never even get their wisdom teeth or have less teeth.
People are different when they get their wisdom teeth some have no pain while others can experience considerable amount of pain.when there isn’t enough space for them to erupt and they start to push on other teeth. When this happens they are referred to as being “impacted”.
Wisdom teeth impaction and associated pain results in many people needing to have some or all their wisdom teeth removed to reduce the pressure that is causing the pain. Regular visits to your dentist will identify if your wisdom teeth are emerging, and whether they are in need of removal. .
Partially erupted wisdom teeth can also cause regular infections and constant pain, so your dentist usually advises you to get them removed to avoid those associated risks.
If you do need your wisdom teeth to be extracted, this can often be done by your dentist or they may need to refer you to a specialist oral surgeon if it’s a more difficult case (for example, if the tooth is too close to a nerve. ).
Most extractions can be done done under a local anaesthetic.However, more difficult cases may require a general anaesthetic, which makes it easier for the surgeon and more comfortable for the patient. You may also request your dentist for happy gas administration to feel more relaxed while having the extraction done.
Extraction of wisdom teeth is a very common procedure, and most people go through this at some point in their lives. You need to be careful with solid foods and hard brushing when recovering from extractions. The pain usually subsides on its own, but your dentist may prescribe painkillers after the procedure.
Risks of this procedure are minimal, but your dentist will always explain you on your particular case and the risks involved, so you can make an informed decision about your choices.