Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure. Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth often surface in young adults between ages 15 and 25. Many people’s mouths do not have enough space for the extra teeth, making removal necessary.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?
Typically, wisdom teeth should be removed before problems or pain arise. Occasionally, wisdom teeth will become impacted, unable to push through the gum line. Whether they have surfaced or not, problems occur when there is not enough room in the mouth to support new teeth. Symptoms that may indicate surfacing or impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Infection in the mouth
- Facial swelling
- Swelling gum line in back of the mouth
Since early extraction helps prevent most problems associated with wisdom teeth, most oral health specialists recommend immediate removal.
Impacted Third Molars
A third molar impaction, according to the American Academy of General Dentistry, is the most common medical developmental disorder. An impacted wisdom tooth can ruin the second molar.
Some other symptoms or issues may arise, including:
- Dental crowding
- Bacteria and plaque build-up
- Cysts and fluid-filled sacs
- Tumor development
- Jaw and gum disease
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process
Your oral surgeon will reflect the gum tissue that is over the tooth, gently detaching the connective tissue joining the tooth and bone. The tooth is removed, and the gum line is sutured.
If your general dentist says they can extract your wisdom teeth, let them know that you’d rather have an experienced oral surgeon do the procedure. Contact Davis Oral Surgery in Raleigh, NC or call 919-488-2194 to schedule an evaluation and save yourself from potential problems.