Your third molars, known as wisdom teeth, typically begin to erupt around the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, rather than being a rite of passage into adulthood, wisdom teeth are more often a nuisance that threatens the rest of your adult teeth. Due to limited amount of space on your dental ridges, wisdom teeth often become impacted by the molars that have already developed, unable to erupt properly from the gums and jawbone. In such cases, removing the impacted wisdom teeth may require surgical tooth extraction.
Why Surgery Is Required
When a damaged or infected tooth needs extraction, the procedure is often simple. Grasping the tooth gently and carefully loosening it from its socket. By contrast, impacted wisdom teeth may not display enough (or any) of their structures above the gums, making it difficult or impossible to grasp the tooth for extraction. Surgical tooth extraction involves carefully accessing the impacted tooth structure underneath your gums and/or jawbone, allowing your dentist to carefully remove the tooth structure and its root. Because wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure, your dentist may recommend IV sedation for particularly complicated cases.
Find Out if You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
If one or more of your wisdom teeth have become impacted, then extracting them may require oral surgery. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.