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The Wisdom of Third Molars
Wisdom teeth or also known as third molars are the last set of molars to grow in our mouth. They usually develop during late teens to early twenties or between 17 to 25 years old. In most cases, they become misaligned which eventually requires teeth extraction. Have it checked immediately by your dentist in Calgary SE.
When wisdom teeth are misaligned, they are usually angled either towards or away from the molars. They can also interfere with your other teeth, jawbone or nerves. Most of the time, they present a dental problem and become impacted. An impacted tooth occurs when it is unable to fully develop outside the gums because technically there is not enough room for it to grow.
Once this happens, the partial eruption of the tooth allows bacteria to enter through a small opening. This can cause infection which eventually leads to pain, swelling, and fever. A partially erupted tooth is more susceptible to teeth decay or gum disease, especially since it is located towards the inner part of your mouth, making it hard to brush and clean.
Your dentist in Calgary SE can check you for signs of impacted wisdom teeth. An x-ray can help determine the alignment of your teeth. There are instances where your dentist may recommend an extraction to prevent further problems from developing such as a more painful and complex removal.
In some cases, your dentist may refer you to visit an oral surgeon for further check-up. It is easier for dentists to remove wisdom teeth in children because the roots are not fully mature and the bone structure is softer which lessens the chances of damaging the nerves.
If left untreated, it can also infect and damage the neighboring teeth. Once bacteria is spread, it may lead to sickness and may also affect other parts of the body. It can also cause tumors or cysts to develop around the infected teeth which can lead to complications.
Wisdom teeth should be extracted once you acquire signs of infection or periodontal disease, deep cavities, cysts or tumors, and damage to neighboring teeth. However, not all require removal. Wisdom teeth that are fully erupted need regular check-up and cleaning to monitor it for changes and adjustments.
Once your dentist recommends an extraction, you will be required to undergo a dental surgery. Your oral surgeon will discuss the procedure so you know what to expect. Advise your surgeon about your medical history and present medications you are taking.
There are some factors that may affect the removal of your wisdom teeth. An impacted teeth may be more difficult to extract. However, most wisdom teeth can be removed without experiencing pain. Your surgeon will inject you with either general, local anesthesia or intravenous sedation depending on what is more appropriate for you.
After your surgery, you will feel some form of discomfort and swelling. You can use a cold compress to minimize the swelling and take the prescriptions to manage the discomfort. In case you decide to keep your third molars, make sure you practice a regular good oral hygiene and have it regularly checked by your dentist in Calgary SE.