Wisdom teeth can be painful, they may come in crooked or uneven and can cause infections if they don't properly develop. If you're looking for wisdom teeth removal in Hamilton, then you've come to the right place.
Why Do I Need my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
South of our boarders, 95% of American 18-year olds have wisdom teeth that are, or will be, in need of removal. Our jaws are no longer as large as they once were, so we simply don't have room for the teeth anymore. There is some evidence that points towards our diet as the main contributor to why most people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Our ancestors had to chew through hard roots and vegetables on a daily basis, and we cook most of our foods today.
Is it painful? Your Wisdom Tooth might need extraction?
A very small percentage of the population is born without wisdom teeth, which means they will never need to have theirs removed. However, for the rest of us, having your wisdom teeth removed can be beneficial.
Examples of wisdom tooth complcations:
- Your jaw may not be large enough, and your wisdom teeth can become impacted, or trapped, underneath the gums. This can cause serious pain and infections.
- Your wisdom teeth may only erupt partially through your gums, causing bacteria and food to build up in the folds. This can cause serious infections.
- Your wisdom teeth may come in at a bad angle, or crowd your other teeth. This is a serious problem that can lead to cavities, infections and pushing other teeth out of the way.
No matter the reason, most people get their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth can develop anywhere from the age of 17 to 25, often called "the wisdom years."
What To Expect
Wisdom teeth removal is often done by your dentist if you are extracting one tooth at a time. If you are extracting both or if you are at risk of complications, you may need to have this procedure done in the hospital with a surgeon.
The procedure will usually be delayed if you have an infection until it has cleared up, to avoid worsening the situation or infecting the open tissue. You may be given antibiotics to help heal the infection.
Your dentist or surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to numb the gums and prevent any pain during the procedure. If you are removing all of your wisdom teeth, they may use a general anesthetic instead - you may be required to avoid eating or drinking after midnight on the night before surgery so you can be prepared for the anesthetic.
When the surgeon is ready to remove your wisdom tooth, they will make a small incision on any gum tissue over the tooth. Sometimes there is still bone covering the wisdom teeth, which will need to be removed. The tooth is then extracted as a whole, or cut into small pieces and extracted. Once you have your wisdom teeth removed, you may need small, non-invasive stitches over the cut tissue.
The recovery time of wisdom tooth extraction is only a few days in most cases, and the healing process can be sped up by brushing your teeth carefully, rinsing your mouth with warm salt water on a daily basis and avoiding smoking or drinking with straws as this could cause the cut to open and potentially tear stitches.