Wisdom teeth are usually referred to as the third molars, which are the very last teeth to erupt. The eruption occurs somewhere between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. In many cases, the jaw and mouth aren’t large enough to accommodate the new teeth, thereby leading to various dental problems. Often, these teeth grow in sideways, have partial eruption or get trapped beneath the bone and the gum. Such issues can lead to infection and discomfort. An infection and complications which arise around a wisdom tooth is knowns as peri-coronitis. This usually happens when food pieces and/or bacteria get stuck under the flap of gum tissue near the wisdom teeth.
Our mouth doesn’t actually require wisdom teeth, which is why these teeth are often extracted. According to anthropologists, wisdom teeth are actually the evolutionary result of our ancestors’ early habits of eating rough foods like nuts, roots as well as meats that need chewing force. As the current diets are composed of softer foods, biologists have categorised wisdom teeth as functionless because of their evolutionary background.
There are several ways for treating wisdom teeth infection, which include conservative as well as surgical treatment approaches. Typically, if wisdom teeth have erupted without issues, the dental professional may not opt for surgical extraction while examining the teeth over time.
Regardless of surgical or conservative approach to treat the infection, taking action immediately is highly recommended. If the symptoms of infection are ignored, the problem will only get worse. Moreover, the older a person gets, the more challenging it becomes to extract the teeth. It is also very important to ensure that impacted wisdom teeth are not causing dental decay on the neighbouring teeth. Your dentist can check this by means of small radiographs taken of the teeth. If there is a risk of tooth decay then it is recommended to remove the impacted wisdom teeth.
Brighon Implant Clinic is able to help patients who require removal of wisdom teeth (both under sedation as well as local anaesthetic) In order to undergo this procedure a thorough examination is needed with the surgeon who will be carrying out the procedure. Radiographs and or CT scans may required in order to ascertain the exact position, inclination and angulation of the wisdom teeth. In certain rare cases the wisdom teeth can be in very close proximity to the inferior alveolar dental nerve. Careful extraction of these teeth is very important to ensure no post operative complications. In order to minimise such problems our clinic may use specialised dental equipment such as piezo surgery units to minimise trauma during the extraction process. Unlike other instruments Piezo surgery is able to cut hard tissues while leaving soft tissues untouched. For further information or advice please feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0800 111 6623.