It happens to most of us in adulthood: our wisdom teeth come in and wind up causing us pain. If your wisdom teeth don't come out all the way because there isn't enough space in your mouth, they can get trapped between your other molars and jawbone, leading to wisdom tooth impaction. Wisdom teeth typically appear between seventeen and twenty-five, and most adults have four wisdom teeth, which usually affect the positioning of other teeth as they emerge.
Impacted wisdom teeth are painful and can cause infection as well as bone loss and other complications, so surgical extraction is typically the recommended treatment. If you're getting your wisdom teeth or have impacted ones now, here are the best ways to deal with them.
The most obvious and common treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is surgical removal. When wisdom teeth emerge normally, a dentist is usually able to handle the extraction. But if you have impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist might refer you to an oral surgeon who is more skilled in removing teeth awkwardly positioned in the mouth. Because one in ten individuals usually have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, extraction is a standard procedure a skilled surgeon can handle with ease. Usually some bone and gum, tissue has to be removed along with the tooth, which can make the procedure a bit longer than a typical extraction.
Many individuals get all four teeth removed at once, which is why they prefer to go under general anesthesia or have some sedation. Speak with your dentist or surgeon about the procedure as well as your pain management options and preferences. The level of anxiety you face regarding the procedure may cause you to avoid anesthesia or rally for it, so take the time to worth with your surgeon and make the best choices for you.