Let’s answer your first question straight away. Why are they called that? They’re called wisdom teeth because they arrive a lot later then our other teeth. For some, their wisdom teeth moving up and down slightly is a common occurrence and they go through very little if any pain. For others, erupting wisdom teeth erupt just once and can be very painful indeed. At Inchicore Dental surgery, we’ve put together some notes on wisdom teeth – have a read below and if you’ve any questions, simply ask us at your next appointment.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt before you are 2o yrs of age or so but they may need to be taken out after that age too. They are the last molars on each side of the jaw and can be found at the very back of your mouth.
Why are they removed?
Put simply, there is often not enough room in your mouth for any more teeth. This can lead to impacted teeth which can lead to tenderness and swelling. Your wisdom teeth may also break up through your gum creating a hole where food can fall in and ultimately cause infection.
How are they removed?
This is one procedure that will definitely require at least a local anaesthetic and in some cases, a general anaesthetic is required. The difference between the two is simply that a local is targeted at the area where the work will be done and a general one prevents pain in the entire body. You‘ll be advised not to eat or drink from midnight the night before in preparation.
Your dentist will make an incision in the gum to remove the tooth and detach it from the bone where there is always tissue holding it in place. Expect stitches afterwards and these will dissolve over time.
After the procedure, there also may be some bleeding and you will be able to take painkillers as instructed by your dentist. But it’s usually expected that your recovery will be complete in two or three days.