General Dentistry » Wisdom TeethWhat are wisdom teeth?
By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth, 16 teeth on the top and 16 on the bottom. The average mouth is made to hold 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as 'wisdom teeth'. Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt within the mouth.Why should I remove my wisdom teeth?
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but they all need to be checked by your dentist or an oral surgeon or orthodontist. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways; partially emerge from the gum buried into the bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can take many positions in the bone as the attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. These poor positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth is difficult to clean. Food trapped beneath the gums will quickly lead to painful inflammation which can eventually cause an infection. An acute infection arises quickly and results in fever, painful swelling, and difficulty chewing and limited mouth opening. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and decreases the surgical risk involved in the procedure..Oral Examination
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems.Surgical procedure for removing wisdom teeth
Here at Conway House Dental Practice, in most cases your wisdom teeth will be removed in your dentist's surgery. There are two basic options available for the removal of wisdom teeth: Local anesthesia and IV sedation with local anesthesia.
Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured and a gauze is placed in your mouth to bite on to control the bleeding. You will rest under our supervision in the surgery until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, a prescription for pain relief medication and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us on 01494 526 578. We are very fortunate at Conway House to have Adrian RJ Curtis FDS RCS (Eng) BDS (QUB) who is a Associate Specialist in Oral Surgery at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury. Adrian specilaises in extraction of difficult teeth including wisdom teeth.