At The Smile Company, we always try our best to help you keep your natural teeth because we know that your real teeth are always better than any replacement we can provide. But that doesn't always apply to wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are your third and last set of molars, and they often come out during your late teens or early twenties.
If you're lucky, your wisdom teeth will have no imperfections and cause no problems for your other teeth. But most people aren't quite lucky, which is why when patients come to our clinic which is located in Maryland Heights, MO we usually recommend a wisdom tooth extraction.
Common Problems with Wisdom Teeth
Sometimes the wisdom teeth won't come out of the gum line which means they're impacted, and that can cause a lot of problems for you. The impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain, swelling, and infection on your gum tissue. Other adjacent teeth may be damaged, and even your bone may suffer severe deterioration. It becomes especially dangerous when cysts and tumors develop in your mouth.
If the wisdom tooth comes out only partially, it can lead to problems too. A flap of gum tissue can grow over the wisdom tooth, and as a result, germs and bits of food will be trapped under the flap, causing infection.
Even if your wisdom teeth will fully come out of the gum lines, it does not mean you're already spared from possible issues. Its emergence may damage other nearby teeth, affect the nerves, or even damage your jawbone. There may not be enough space for the wisdom tooth, resulting in crowding. It's also possible that your wisdom tooth will come out unevenly affecting the overall quality of your smile.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction: How It's Done
All four of your wisdom teeth can be removed in a single visit, or you can arrange to have them extracted one at a time. We start the process by applying local anesthesia on the area, so that you will feel numb and not feel any pain during the wisdom teeth extraction process. We can also use general anesthesia if you're very sensitive to the pain or if you're extremely anxious.
If the tooth is impacted, our dentists use special tools to break the wisdom tooth into smaller pieces so that they can be taken out more easily from the gum line. In some cases, we need to cut into the gums to remove these bits of teeth. We then repair the incisions with sutures which are soluble for easy dissolution later on.
If the wisdom tooth is not impacted, then extracting it becomes a lot easier. We use special tools to grip the wisdom tooth securely, and then we wiggle the tooth in its place until it is loose enough for our dentist to lift it from the gum line.
If you have a couple of wisdom teeth coming out, it's a good idea to call us at (314) 254-4000and schedule a visit so we can assess what needs to be done to avoid any damage to your gums and teeth. There's absolutely nothing to worry about. At The Smile Company, wisdom teeth extraction procedures are always done safely and painlessly.