As the third set of molars and the last permanent teeth to emerge, wisdom teeth are located in the back corners of the mouth on the top and bottom. While the average person develops all four wisdom teeth sometime between the ages of 17-25, some individuals only develop a few or none at all. Regardless, there is often very little space for wisdom teeth to grow in comfortably.
According to WebMD, when wisdom teeth are trapped in the jawbone or beneath the gums, they are considered impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth could erupt partially or not at all. In any case, they are notably painful, especially if they are growing at an angle, if they have caused a change in an individual’s bite, or if an infection has developed. The following symptoms are also associated with impacted wisdom teeth:
- Pain in the lower jaw or side of the face
- Bleeding gum tissues
- Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
- Bad breath (or a bad taste in the mouth)
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Though most cases of impacted wisdom teeth cause complications, there are some that are asymptomatic. However, if a dentist believes that infection is likely or that wisdom teeth could compromise a patient’s orthodontic treatment, wisdom tooth removal might be recommended.
Removal of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
If a wisdom tooth has not come through the gum, a small incision is made to access the tooth. Depending on the severity of the impacted tooth, the tooth might be cut into smaller parts to make it easier to extract. Otherwise, the tooth socket will be widened before pulling the tooth. Dr. Kyle Stanley explains that by rocking a tooth back and forth the tooth socket will widen a bit.
The time it takes to remove a wisdom tooth varies, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Fortunately, advanced options in sedation provide patients with a pleasing experience—one that they will probably not remember.
Through Dr. Stanley’s experience, most wisdom teeth will cause a problem at some point in a patient’s life. For this reason, it is recommended to remove them when a patient is young and healthy to decrease the risk of complications.
World-Class Experience in Wisdom Teeth Removal
At Helm Nejad Stanley, our specialized team of dentists carries diverse expertise in restorative, biomimetic, and cosmetic and surgical dentistry. As a holistic dental practice in Beverly Hills, we work hard to help patients avoid invasive dental procedures; yet, we understand that oral surgery is sometimes required.
From complex procedures to advanced surgeries, we are confident in our ability to perform dental surgery with the highest level of precision. Our renowned dental surgeon Dr. Kyle Stanley combines a delicate, trained surgical hand using the most innovative advancements for your surgery. When choosing Helm Nejad Stanley for your oral surgery, you can expect a world-class experience in wisdom teeth removal.
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