Wisdom teeth are those third molars that helped ancient humans to chew and eat raw foods. However, modern humans do not require these molars as we eat boiled, baked, and properly cooked food. Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt and are found at the back of the dental ridges. They hardly play a vital role in chewing food.
Wisdom teeth can lead to many problems at times. Because of the smaller jaw, today's humans do not have enough space to accommodate the third molars. Due to the lack of space, the teeth become overcrowded and create problems. Sometimes the wisdom teeth become impacted. Although they emerge like any other regular tooth, sometimes, they may lead to certain complications. This painful oral condition is called impacted wisdom teeth. They remain trapped in your gum and are not able to erupt, causing gum pain.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and discomfort. Also, when the food residues and microbes get deposited near the gum line of the impacted tooth, it can lead to the formation of an abscess, leading to infection. If the impacted wisdom teeth are left as it is for a long time, it can result in jawbone deterioration. The surrounding gums can also be affected, leading to gum disease.
Hence, you might need the help of a dentist because of the following conditions:
Once a wisdom tooth shows up, it usually causes the following:
If you are suffering from discomfort caused by wisdom teeth, consult your dentist immediately. We will screen your mouth to determine the severity of the impaction. We will try to treat the condition using medication and surgery. But, if the tooth is beyond any form of treatment, teeth extraction would be the only solution.
Extracting an impacted wisdom tooth involves the same procedure as any other tooth. Your dentist will numb your tooth using local anesthesia near the tooth before commencing the extraction. The tooth will be loosened from its sockets using dental instruments and extracted. We will also suggest suitable aftercare instruction to facilitate optimum healing.