Reasons to remove wisdom teeth
While not all wisdom teeth require removal, wisdom teeth extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection, or as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future. If impaction of one or more wisdom teeth is present, and left untreated, a number of potentially harmful outcomes can occur, including:
- Damage to nearby teeth: Second molars (the teeth directly in front of the wisdom teeth) can be adversely affected by impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in tooth decay (cavities), periodontal disease (gum disease) and possible bone loss.
- Disease: Although uncommon, cysts and tumors can occur in the areas surrounding impacted wisdom teeth.
- Infection: Bacteria and food can become trapped under the gum tissue, resulting in an infection. The infection can cause considerable pain and danger.
- Tooth Crowding: It has been theorized that impacted wisdom teeth can put pressure on other teeth and cause them to become misaligned (crowded or twisted). This theory isn’t universally accepted by all dental professionals, and it has never been validated by any scientific studies.
Wisdom Teeth Removal (FAQ)
Does everyone need to get their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Some have the fortune of avoiding problems if the teeth erupt in proper alignment and have sufficient room and are properly cleaned. In many cases wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, misalignment of other teeth, headaches, gum infections, jawbone cysts, and even bone loss can occur. Therefore, Dr. Webster generally recommends removing the wisdom teeth sooner than later.
At what age should I have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Though there is no “right” age to have your wisdom teeth removed, the surgery and healing are much easier at a younger age when a patient's risk for complications is at a minimum. In addition, with age comes fuller root formation and additional factors that collectively tend to both increase the difficulty of the extraction process and affect the patient's ease with post-surgical recovery.
Wisdom teeth extraction is typically recommended between the ages of 12 and 25. Removal may become necessary if Dr. Webster sees potential for complications should the teeth begin to grow in.
Is sedation recommended during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
There are numerous proven advantages to performing dentistry using sedation including reduced anxiety and greater patient comfort, reduced gag-reflex, more controlled sedation, faster treatment and shorter recovery time to name a few. Consciousness is maintained throughout though the patient will often have no memory of the appointment. At Kelowna Dental Centre, wisdom tooth extraction is performed using IV sedation based on the scientific research and patient experience.
Is Wisdom Teeth Removal painful?
Oral surgery does require a period of healing that can vary from patient to patient.
At Kelowna Dental Centre, we offer a number of sedation options that make the process as simple and relaxing an experience as possible. Dr. Webster has completed additional/advanced training to offer IV sedation so you can practically sleep through the procedure. He has extensive experience removing wisdom teeth and the expertise to remove the teeth quickly and skillfully. He provides medications and follow-up information to facilitate a speedy, easy, pain-free recovery.