Wisdom teeth are something that you often hear about in dentistry and are generally a hot topic of debate. The reason that they are so often discussed is because of the impact that they can have and because the issues associated with them are so common. Today we will take a closer look at wisdom teeth, so read on to find out more.
What are they
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that form in the mouth and they are known by this name because they only become apparent during the adult years, which is normally between 17 and 25 years of age. It is possible that they can develop later than this though.
Why they cause problems
Generally speaking most of the problems linked to wisdom teeth is due to them developing at a later point in life and here are some common issues with wisdom teeth:
- The size of your mouth and jaw cannot accommodate extra teeth and as a result they do not grow or develop properly and can cause issues like pain and infection
- Wisdom teeth may develop dental cavities, especially since they are so far back in the mouth and it can be very difficult to clean them.
- The teeth may not grow at a normal angle and can press into other teeth causing pain
What should you do
The first step is to see a dentist about what is possible for your situation, but it is very common to have them removed. Removal is a relatively simple procedure that has improved a lot in the world of dentistry and it is now a simple and almost painless procedure.
The first step of removal is administration of anaesthetic and this could be local or general anaesthetic. Local is numbing of the localised area where the tooth or teeth may be removed, whereas general anaesthetic means that you will be unconscious during the procedure. The type of anaesthetic used will all depend on your individual circumstances.
The second step of the process is an incision made in the gums to begin the removal process. The tooth is then removed and may be cut into smaller pieces to make it much easier to remove the tooth. The gum may then be stitched up to help the healing process, but this is not always necessary.
As you can see this is a very simple procedure and the healing time will generally only be a maximum of a few weeks.
About the dentist
Time Dental Practice is a dentist in Godalming that offers tailored dental care and value for money.
87 West Street