The wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. Most people have four wisdom teeth – one in each corner. Wisdom teeth usually grow through the gums during the late teens or early twenties. By this time, the other 28 adult teeth are usually in place, so there isn't always enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly.
Wisdom (eighth) teeth are a problem which ought to be reacted to as soon as possible. These teeth are found in both jaws and through lack of space usually fail to emerge fully or tend to emerge improperly. Wisdom teeth can sometimes emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge. Wisdom teeth that grow through like this are known as impacted.
The removal of wisdom teeth, or third molars, is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the US. It is recommended to remove these teeth before 25 years old, then the probability of complications is at a minimum. During removal of wisdom teeth in a person that’s 10 years older there is more risk of infection and nerve damage, the healing takes longer.
If you begin to feel ache, gnawing pain, discomfort in places where eighth teeth grow, do not hesitate and consult one of the most professional dentist in MA - Dr. Michael Ofir who will thoroughly evaluate the state of your teeth, gums and jawbone. If the dentist thinks you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, he'll usually carry out an X-ray of your mouth. This gives a clearer view of the position of your teeth.
As with any teeth problems, it's important to see the professional dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for your regular dental check-up.
The dentist may remove your wisdom teeth. Before the operation, the procedure will usually be explained to you.
You'll usually be given a local anesthetic injection to numb the area around the tooth. You may feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed, as your dentist needs to widen the tooth socket by rocking the tooth back and forth.
A small cut in the gum is sometimes necessary, and the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces before it's removed. It takes anything from a few minutes or sometimes even longer depends on case.
The procedure is completely devoid of pain Dr. Michael Ofir will make sure that the extraction of wisdom teeth will not cause you any discomfort and most importantly – pain. You will have local anesthetics injected, and if asked, the dentist will provide you with fear and stress relieving medication.
After the extraction:
● the biggest amount of discomfort is felt three days after the operation;
● often wounds are stitched in order to stop the bleeding and make treatment faster, so after 1-2 weeks after the operation the surgeon will remove the threads.
● suture removal is a completely painless procedure, lasting barely a few minutes.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our dental offices in Cambridge or Somerville, MA.