Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper and two in the lower jaw.
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What You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth Pain
Wisdom teeth often grow in crooked, sideways, or otherwise misaligned. As they grow in, they can push on other teeth, causing problems of overcrowding and misalignment for them as well.
As the wisdom teeth come in, they can be very painful. You’ll feel wisdom teeth pain at the back of your mouth, behind your molars. If you look into a mirror, you may even notice that your wisdom teeth have begun to poke through your gums. The area might also be red, inflamed and tender to the touch. Some people, however, don’t have any visible symptoms of wisdom teeth pain.
When Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted …
It is not uncommon for wisdom teeth to become impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth is one which has not grown through the gum into the mouth or has grown only part way through, and is in an abnormal position. This is an unhealthy situation and the tooth should be removed to prevent problems with erosion, cysts, infection or crowding.
If your dentist says it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth. He may refer you to an oral surgeon, who will do the procedure in his clinic. It should only take a few days for you to heal and feel back to normal.
Reasons for Extracting Teeth
Having a tooth extraction (Pulling a Tooth) in adulthood is sometimes necessary. Although permanent/adult teeth can last a lifetime, teeth that have become damaged or decayed may need to be removed or extracted. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:
- A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists extract teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is no room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend extraction.
- Infection. If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp — the centre of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels — bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection.
- Risk of infection. If your immune system is compromised (for example, if you are receiving chemotherapy or are having an organ transplant) even the risk of possible infection in a particular tooth may be reason to remove the tooth.
- Gum disease. If periodontal disease — an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth — have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to extract the tooth or teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Costs
The cost of wisdom teeth removal is dependent on your individual circumstances. Factors such as which anaesthesia was used and the nature of the extraction can have an impact on the overall price of the procedure.