The average adult has developed a combined 32 permanent teeth by the age of 18 (16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom), each tooth having a specific name and function:
Nature adds this one uncomfortable catch: the human mouth is structured to hold only 28 teeth. The last four teeth third molars more commonly known as “wisdom teeth” are the last to erupt. Properly aligned wisdom teeth rooted in healthy gum tissue may not necessarily need to be removed, but they generally fail to erupt properly and grow sideways to the point of only partially emerging from the gum or even remaining trapped beneath the gum and bone.
As these impacted additional teeth seek a pathway through the bone, their poor partially erupted positioning can provide a haven for infectious bacteria in the holes surrounding the teeth. The ensuing pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth can cause swelling, stiffness, pain and illness as they move other teeth and disrupt their orthodontic or natural alignment. More seriously impacted teeth can even give rise to tumors or cysts that form around them and cause damage to both the jawbone and surrounding healthy teeth.
Oasis Dental in Milton, as well as most dentists, recommend avoiding these harmful conditions and YOU potentially painful surgery by removing wisdom teeth early.
A timely oral examination and set of xrays can help us predict future complications based on the current position of erupting wisdom teeth and any present issues. We generally recommend scheduling a first evaluation during the midteenage years, since early evaluation and treatment has been demonstrated to promote the most positive outcomes.
Appropriate anesthesia administered during wisdom tooth extraction by trained and licensed professionals with ample experience ensures the patient’s maximum comfort. The procedure typically calls for local anesthesia, nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia (“laughing gas”) or oral sedation. Dr. Soordhar will discuss the various surgical risks and anesthetic options at length before your procedure. The final steps of the procedure call for suturing the gum after removing the teeth. Biting down on a gauze strip will help control bleeding while you rest in the office before returning home. You will receive a postoperative kit with recovery care instructions, prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics, and a follow up appointment one week later for suture removal.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call us at (905) 876-2747.