Wisdom teeth are problematic, and yet still too many people take them for granted. Aside from the typical pain and discomfort that this last set of molars brings, there are also some serious risks to the patient if the condition is allowed to continue. With that being the case, it would be highly advised to address the matter at the earliest possible convenience by visiting our Kitchener Dentist office.
The process of removing wisdom teeth can come with more complications than extracting regular teeth, but not by much. For patients who have had a dental extraction before, the experience should not be too different. However, this will change if the wisdom teeth are allowed to fester and start to affect the rest of the gums, teeth, and jaw.
Why Wisdom Teeth Can be a Problem
For anyone who has already experienced the horrors brought about by wisdom teeth growing in their jaws or those who are currently going through them, the issues related to the set of molars are quite clear. Even the most basic problems that come with wisdom teeth are already undesirable, with pain and bleeding being just some of them.
The growth of wisdom teeth is basically the teething event that everyone goes through as infants while in late teens or early adult form. The unfortunate part of this development is that now, the gum tissues and the presence of the other teeth in the mouth are already matured.
Here is a list of issues that can be brought on by growing wisdom teeth:
- High chance of infection
- Throbbing pain that keeps coming back
- The discomfort that causes migraine
- Bleeding of the gums
- Impairing focus, and judgment
- Damage to other teeth
- Higher chance of developing periodontal disease
There are also wisdom teeth that are impacted, which means that no matter how long the patient waits, the molars simply refuse to come out.
Those carry their own problems, which we will be discussed in more detail below. The point is that as soon as the patient experiences any of those symptoms, a visit to our Kitchener dentist office would be highly recommended. At the very least, we will be able to provide patients with a better idea of whether they are dealing with wisdom teeth or if it is something else.
Do Wisdom Teeth Need Extraction?
Due to the many issues that come with sprouting wisdom teeth, it is only to be expected that they are removed more often than not. However, it can’t be denied that there are considerations of cost and the issues of recovery to take into consideration. Extracting wisdom teeth can be a bit more complicated than removing normal teeth.
As such, for patients who are wondering if they need to get their wisdom teeth removed, they only need to answer the following questions:
- Is the wisdom teeth preventing them from performing basic activities?
- Is the pain from severe enough to warrant taking painkillers?
- Is discomfort causing fever and headache?
- Is the bleeding from the gums not stopping?
- Is the tenderness nor infected and inflamed?
- Are the symptoms lasting longer than two weeks?
If the answer to any or all of those questions is yes, then there will be a need to have the wisdom teeth removed.
There is simply no getting around this issue since wisdom teeth have even been known to lead to issues that have ruined entire set of teeth.
In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth have even been known to cause the development of cysts, which are precursors to cancer. Even if it doesn’t go that far, wisdom teeth can also destroy their adjacent molars if they are impacted and are forced to shoot directly parallel to the jaw.
As a result, instead of bursting through the gums, the wisdom tooth is pressed against the roots of the adjacent molar. When the pressure is enough, this can then cause the molar’s roots to crack and become decayed.
Of course, there have been many cases where the wisdom teeth have come out in a matter of days and though the patients did experience discomfort, it passed eventually. Unfortunately, this is not the case with everyone, and there are many patients that are not willing to put up with the pain and the torment just to avoid a dental extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process & Complications
For many patients, the only real solution to the many problems that can be caused by wisdom teeth is to have them extracted. However, this is not a decision to be taken lightly, either, especially if the wisdom teeth are impacted. There can be complications that patients will need to watch out for, as well.
On the matter of the process for removing wisdom teeth, the steps are as follows:
- A dentist will examines the teeth and take a digital dental x-ray.
- A local anesthetic is applied so that the teeth can be removed without pain.
- The bleeding is staunched.
- The patient is prescribed medicine to avoid complications.
In an ideal scenario, those steps would be all that will be involved. However, if the wisdom teeth are impacted, the procedure can become more complicated depending on how the molars are position and the state of the mouth, jawbones, and gums.
These complications include:
- Alveolar Osteitis – Also known as dry socket, this is a condition where the blood clot that is supposed to cover the cavity left after the wisdom teeth are removed gets dislodged. If this occurs, the patient will need to return to our dental office to have it dressed.
- Persisting pain and tenderness – After the extraction, there will be lingering pain and tenderness. This is supposed to go away after a few days, but if it persists, coming back to the dentist is advised.
- Difficulty opening the jaw – Because of the location of the wisdom teeth, the removal of the morals can cause swelling, which will then make it difficult for patients to open their mouths as wide as they could have.
- Bleeding – For some patients, especially those who are smokers or are doing strenuous activities, bleeding could persist for longer than a day.
Contact us if you have any question or think that you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed.