The idea of getting your wisdom teeth removed is one a lot of people have to face. There are a number of complications that can come with having your wisdom teeth grow, and getting them removed is a process that a lot of adults have to go through. It can be tricky to know when to consider getting your wisdom teeth removed, and if you even should. Is it a necessary part of adulthood, or are there times when you can just let them be? Ipswich Family Dental Practice has all the answers for you. If you’re considering wisdom tooth removal, you can read more about our services here.
What Does the Process Involve?If you don’t know what you’re in for when it comes to wisdom teeth removal, it can seem quite daunting. It’s good to know what to expect so you can make an informed decision. There are two kinds of wisdom teeth removal services offered by Ipswich Family Dental Practice: in-chair removals and hospital removals.
In-Chair Wisdom Teeth RemovalsThere are some wisdom teeth that are easier to remove. If this is the case, in-chair wisdom tooth removal will usually be suggested. You will be given a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel anything while we remove the teeth. In some cases, your dentist may have to cut your gums in order to get the teeth out. If this is what happens, they will be stitched up and gauze will be placed in your mouth to help stop the bleeding.
Hospital RemovalsIf your tooth extraction is seen as a high-risk removal with more potential complications than normal, then you may be booked in for a hospital removal. The same process is usually followed unless there are extreme issues with your wisdom teeth. However, you will often be given a general anaesthetic instead of a local one.
When and Why You Should Get Your Wisdom Teeth RemovedMost people have their wisdom teeth grow in between the ages of 17 and 25. They are four teeth that come in behind your back molars, and your dentist will be able to see them on an x-ray from an early age. Sometimes there is no need to remove the wisdom teeth. However, if you experience the following complications, you should consider asking a dentist about removal:
- The wisdom teeth are trapped in your jawbone or gums, causing pain on a regular basis
- The wisdom teeth have grown in at the wrong angle and are impacting the rest of your teeth
- Your mouth doesn’t have room for your wisdom teeth and they are causing discomfort as a result
- Your mouth has developed cavities or gum disease due to your wisdom teeth’s hard-to-reach positioning in your mouth.