Wisdom teeth, or our “third molars”, are the last molars to make an appearance in our mouths – usually when we’re in our late teens or in our early twenties. For some, the molars never show up at all!
Often, wisdom teeth will only partially erupt in the mouth (referred to as impacted wisdom teeth) – and are at a higher risk for becoming infected due to the surrounding gum flaps where food and bacteria can become easily trapped. Alternatively, wisdom teeth may come in misaligned, putting the adjacent teeth at risk for damage. When wisdom teeth are impacted or misaligned, it is usually recommended that they be extracted to avoid potential problems.
Becoming Aware of Your Third Molars
Problematic wisdom teeth are often discovered by a dental professional during a check-up or exam. They may also be discovered by the patient when they begin to cause symptoms of pain or discomfort, or even when they aren’t causing any problems at all.
Should You be Sedated for Your Extraction?
In more complex cases, like when a wisdom tooth/teeth are impacted, the dentist or endodontist will often require that the patient be sedated for their extraction surgery. Otherwise, a simple local anesthetic can usually be administered before the extraction of fully erupted wisdom teeth. However, if you’re feeling uneasy about your procedure or tend to experience dental anxiety, you can ask your dentist or endodontist to be sedated even if it’s not a requirement. Sedation or sleep dentistry will help you to ease your anxiety and fully relax during your wisdom tooth extraction.
Suffer from dental phobia? So what are you waiting for? Contact any of our locations listed below and get proper treatment for your teeth and gum troubles with our highly experienced dentists:
Delta or Surrey area: Harvard Dental Centre
Burnaby or Vancouver: Happy Molar Dental Centre
Port Coquitlam or Tri-City: Port Coquitlam Dental Centre
West or North Vancouver: West Van Dental Group