Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to erupt. Because of this, there is often not enough room for them to grow in properly, unlike the other types of teeth in your mouth. When this happens, the teeth can become impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to fully break through the gum line or they grow at an improper angle. Impacted teeth can cause several problems and discomforts such as:
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Tooth decay
- Inflammation in the gums
- Affects the tooth alignment or orthodontic treatment
- Damage to the jaw bone
- Formation of cysts or tumours (in severe cases)
These problems can be prevented if you visit your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can determine if the tooth is impacted or not by conducting a thorough examination. If you think your wisdom teeth are causing you problems, visit us here at Main Beach Dental today.
Types of Impaction
There are four common types of wisdom teeth impaction, which are:
Mesioangular – this is the most common form of impaction. Mesioangular impaction happens 44% of the time. This happens when the tooth has developed at an angle that drives the rest of the teeth forward.
Vertical – this occurs when the third molars are unable to break through the gum line.
Distoangular – a tooth that has angled backwards is identified as distoangular impaction.
Horizontal – the wisdom teeth have grown at a 90 degrees angle and approach the roots of the adjacent teeth (second molars).
Wisdom Teeth Removal Examination and Procedure
- The dentist will first assess your third molar and its surrounding teeth
- X-rays will be taken to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and you will be checked for any existing problems
- After a thorough examination, the dentist can now decide the best course of action for your particular case
- A local anaesthetic is given to make the procedure comfortable. Sedation techniques may be recommended for anxious patients.
- Once the extraction site is numb, the procedure begins.
- Post-operative instructions will be given before you leave the office to help accelerate your healing process and avoid complications.
Smoking and Wisdom Teeth Removal
Smokers are advised to quit for a few days following wisdom tooth removal surgery as smoking will affect and slow down the healing process.
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According to the American Dental Association (ADA), smoking can also affect your sense of taste and smell and delay your recovery after a tooth extraction or other dental procedure.
In addition, the tar from cigarette smoke stains your teeth, causes bad breath and can discolour your tongue. The only way to remove these stains is with a professional cleaning in the dentist’s office.
Wisdom Tooth Solution at Main Beach Dental
Not all wisdom teeth require extraction. However, if they affect your oral health, it is advisable to see us here at Main Beach Dental. We have handled a vast range of simple and complex procedures. Our skills and experience allow us to provide the dental solutions your overall dental wellbeing need.
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