Evolution can be a tricky thing. Our mouths have been getting smaller and many of us have mouths so small that the last four teeth to come in do not have anywhere to go, causing them to become impacted and requiring wisdom teeth removal.
Symptoms Of A Impacted Tooth
The symptoms of impacted teeth include a difficulty opening one’s mouth, headache or jaw ache, tenderness of the gums, swelling gums and an unpleasant taste when biting down. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a South Charlotte general dentist will need to examine your teeth with diagnostic tools to determine if you are suffering from compacted teeth and need a tooth extraction.
Removing The Tooth
Once it has been determined that you have compacted teeth, the next step is to have your compacted teeth surgically removed so that they are no longer taking up space. The procedure is performed in the dentist’s office. Sometimes, if you will be having more than one tooth pulled at one time, it is a good idea to have your teeth pulled at a hospital.
Going Under An Anesthetic
You will receive a local anesthetic before the surgery. You may be given a general anesthetic if several wisdom teeth are removed at one time or if there is a concern that the wisdom tooth extraction will be very painful.
The gum tissue is opened up by your dentist. Then, any bone that is covering your tooth needs to be removed. It may be necessary for the wisdom tooth to be cut into smaller pieces that allow for the wisdom teeth removal to be easier. You will then need stitches to close up the incision that was made to remove the wisdom tooth. Some stitches are designed to dissolve after a few days and others need to be removed by the dentist.
If you feel like you have a few too many wisdom teeth in your mouth and your teeth are becoming compacted, it is time to contact a South Charlotte general dentist to schedule an appointment.