Early intervention to remove wisdom teeth that may become impacted will reduce discomfort and aid with maintaining one's smile. An oral surgeon will perform preliminary examinations that can aid with determining if/when wisdom teeth should be removed.
The Negative Oral Impacts
Wisdom teeth are typically the last teeth to grow into a teen's or young adult's mouth. The size and location of these molars often result in the overcrowding of teeth. Due to the probability of wisdom teeth becoming impacted in soft tissue or bones, people who fail to have their teeth examined in a timely manner may incur severe pain, an altered alignment of teeth, and increased dental decay.
An oral surgeon may use a visual inspection of teeth and X-rays to determine the presence of wisdom teeth and their location in relation to other permanent teeth. A surgeon will consult with a patient and prepare them for the likelihood of needing to undergo a surgical procedure.
The Monitoring Of Teeth
If wisdom teeth won't grow in for a while, an oral surgeon may request that a patient receives an oral examination once or twice a year. The monitoring of teeth will allow a surgeon to determine the best time to perform oral surgery. In some cases, wisdom teeth may not need to be removed.
If overcrowding will not become an issue and an impaction can be avoided, a surgeon may recommend that a patient leaves the wisdom teeth intact. If this is the case, a patient should still undergo routine examinations and teeth cleanings. This will prevent dental problems that could be costly and painful.
The Surgical Procedure
An oral surgeon will either use twilight anesthesia or standard anesthesia that will not put a patient to sleep. The medicine will allow a surgeon to execute the removal of all four wisdom teeth, without causing a patient to incur pain. An oral surgeon can also work around a patient's request to have one or more wisdom teeth removed during separate appointments.
This process will be minimally invasive. After wisdom teeth have been extracted, an oral surgeon may use gauze to pack the mouth. The gauze is typically needed for a short duration. It can be used to soak up any blood in the mouth and to prevent the upper and bottom tooth plates from coming into contact with one another. Ice can be used to reduce swelling around the mouth.
To learn more, contact a company like Conestoga Oral Surgery.