Wisdom teeth refer to the very last set of teeth to grow out in your adult life. In most cases, wisdom teeth come out during late adolescence or early 20s. These four teeth sit directly behind the molars.
While they tend to come out during the above time period, some people’s wisdom teeth never grow out entirely. Sometimes, they stay buried in the gum tissue or only breach partially.
Wisdom tooth pain doesn’t refer to the pain in the wisdom tooth itself but in the teeth surrounding it. In most cases, this means that your wisdom tooth is impacted.
An impacted wisdom tooth means that your mouth isn’t large enough to accommodate a full-grown wisdom tooth. Consequently, your wisdom tooth pushes the neighboring teeth outward as it grows out.
The longer you leave this unaddressed, the higher your chances of having a wisdom tooth that grows out at an angle or that gets stuck in the jawbone. It can also put your neighboring teeth in jeopardy.
The most common symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include any of the
While these symptoms might also be indicative of something other than an impacted wisdom tooth, it’s important that you contact Dr. Ryo immediately to get them checked out.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr.Ryo can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present of future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient.
The first step to any extraction is a proper diagnosis. Dr. Ryo takes a digital image of your mouth to see exactly where the wisdom tooth is, how it’s growing, and which teeth are impacted by this growth. This image also determines how many wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
Before starting the extraction procedure, Dr. Ryo gives you a local anesthetic or with I.V.sedation to ensure optimal comfort. It’s up to you what kind of anesthetic you’d prefer, though you should check with Dr. Ryo if he recommends I.V.sedation.
Once you’re numb, he makes a small incision in the gum tissue and bone to remove the tooth. After the extraction, Dr. Ryo stitches the incision back up with stitches.
For a single wisdom tooth extraction, the procedure shouldn’t take longer than an hour.
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If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt,a number of problems can happen. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structures fully developed. In some patients it is earlier as 12 or 13,and in others it may not be until the early twenties. Problems tend to occur with
increasing frequency after the age of 30. Some of the possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth.
The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis, a localized gum infection.
Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and swallowing.
Non-infectious diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth.
Cysts are like fluid-filled balloons inside the jaw bone that develop as a result ofimpacted teeth and slowly expand destroying adjacent jaw bone and occasionally teeth.
They can be very difficult to trat if your wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumors can be associated with the delayed wisdom teeth removal.
Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable with the front teeth, primarily the lower front teeth and is most commonly seen after a patient has had braces.
There are a number of factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or in early adulthood. Retained, impacted wisdom teeth may be a contributing factor.
Unless you have an active problem when you see the oral surgeon, the reason for wisdom teeth removal is primarily to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone.
If there is adequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front , the second molar can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth and decay.
Most people prefer to be unaware of the experience when thy have their wisdom teeth removed and usually decide to be sedated. You will be provided with appropriate anesthesia option, such as I.V. sedation.
Almost all surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Our clinic staff has the training , licensing and experience to provide the I.V .sedation.
This service is provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring and a well trained experienced staff.
On the day of your procedure, you will take medications to help minimize post-operative pain and swelling.
We ask that a parent or responsible adult companies you to the clinic and plans to stay with you the rest of the day. The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes and you will probably be in clinic for 90-120 min.
Recent advances in medicine and technology allow patients to undergo wisdom teeth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort.
State-of-the-art sterilization and infection control techniques are used at all times.On the morning or afternoon of your surgery, it is essential that you have nothing to eat or drink (excluding prescription medications with a sip of water) for at least 6 hours (preferably longer).
Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications, including nausea and vomiting. Your procedures will be rescheduled if you have not heeded these guidelines. We may provide you with a prescription for pain medication at your consultation appointment, which for your convenience, can be filled in advance. When you are seated in the surgical room, we will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible.
If you are going to be sedated, we usually will place an IV in your left arm. This is a quick and nearly painless procedures that ensures optimal delivery of your medication. Local anesthesia is given to you afterwards to ensure comfort, and allow adequate time to travel home and rest. You will be sleepy for a significant portion of the day.