Wisdom Teeth or also known as 3rd molars are the last set of teeth to erupt into the mouth. Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, one in each back corner of the mouth. This being said not, everyone has wisdom teeth.
When there is no space for a wisdom tooth to grow, it can often get trapped under a flap of gum. When this occurs infection can start around the gum causing pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.
As a wisdom tooth is erupting into the mouth, it can often be pressed tightly against the adjacent tooth. This can cause damage and pain to the surrounding teeth.
An impacted wisdom tooth may also become infected. This infection releases substances which can eat away at the surrounding bone causing cysts.
An erupting wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their normal position. This tooth movement can not only cause crowding of the front teeth but also pain and discomfort.
If you are having pain, discomfort, infection or swelling from your wisdom tooth, you may need wisdom teeth removal.
Depending on your case, our experienced dentists will recommend a treatment plan that works for your schedule and financial needs. Simple cases can be treated on the same day under local anaesthetic however complicated cases which may require surgery can take more planning and may even involve referral to a specialist oral surgeon.
When you come in to have your wisdom teeth removed, a dental x-ray will be taken to discern the best and safest way to remove your wisdom tooth.
The area from where the tooth will be removed is thoroughly numbed so the process is comfortable and completely painless.
Specialized equipment will be used to carefully remove your wisdom tooth and relive you of pain and infection.
The position of the tooth in the mouth
The shape of the tooth and roots
The surrounding structures such as nerves.
After any tooth extraction, you should eat soft foods as opposed to hard chewy foods. Smoothies are great too as they are rich in nutrients and easy to swallow. Once the pain and discomfort are minimal you may resume your natural eating habits. This can last up to a few days. Know more
A wisdom tooth extraction can take up to 2 weeks to heal fully. If the pain persists, please contact our dentists in lara right away.
The cost of wisdom tooth removal varies from person to person and is based off a variety of factors. Some of these factors may include the position of the tooth, the shape of the tooth and roots, and its association with surrounding structures such as nerves. Simple extractions can be as little as $200 where as more complicated procedures can be up to $450.
No, not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted. In fact, some people don’t even have wisdom teeth. Problems with wisdom teeth depend upon their position in the jaw, angle or eruption and association with the surrounding gums. Our expert dentists in Lara will be able to advise you as to whether or not you will be required to remove your wisdom teeth!