Seems like just about everyone has his or her wisdom teeth removed nowadays. But why do we have them if they just need to be taken out? Wisdom teeth are essentially our personal relics of the past. Prehistoric man needed these large back molars to chew raw vegetation and tough meats. However, the human diet has changed significantly since then, which has made wisdom teeth obsolete. That’s why wisdom tooth extraction is so common. Your dentist in Scarborough at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can perform this service for you.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The chief reason for wisdom teeth removal is that most people simply do not have room in their mouths for these large teeth. Left in place, these teeth can crowd other teeth, leading to misalignment. Secondly, one or more wisdom teeth tend to be impacted. This means that the tooth is trapped in your jaw or gum tissue. In this case, they are often positioned incorrectly and may put uncomfortable pressure on the teeth nearby. Lastly, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely with wisdom teeth. Located so far back in your mouth, these teeth are much more difficult to keep clean.
Extract Early, Extract More Easily
Your family dentist in Scarborough often recommends extracting wisdom teeth just as they are developing, which usually occurs sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. At this stage, wisdom teeth are not fully integrated into the jawbone and much more easily removed. Waiting simply means that your wisdom teeth will have the time to bond with gum and bone, making extraction and the recovery more difficult.
Extracting Wisdom Teeth in Scarborough
How your wisdom teeth are extracted will depend on whether they have erupted or are impacted. If the tooth is erupted, then your Scarborough dentist may be able to pull the tooth. After administering a local anesthetic to the tooth and surrounding tissue, the dentist uses special dental forceps to grasp the tooth and remove it from the bone.
We understand that having any tooth pulled can cause anxiety. If you’d like, our dentists are able to offer two types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Be sure to ask about these when scheduling an appointment for wisdom teeth extraction.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, we’ll refer you to a trusted oral surgeon in the area.
Contact Our Office Today
The longer you wait to have your wisdom teeth removed, the more difficult the procedure is likely to be. Therefore, call White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.