Extraction of Damaged, Infected or Impacted Wisdom Teeth – Glow Dental

Wisdom teeth tend to be associated in most people’s minds with dental problems – either because they are causing pain or because they need to be removed. That’s hardly surprising, as studies suggest that as many as 80 percent of people go through the procedure of wisdom teeth removal.

They are called wisdom teeth because they erupt through the gum after our other teeth, typically when we are in our late teens or early 20s – when we are supposedly “older and wiser.” The name is apt, as wisdom teeth extraction is a rite of passage that the vast majority of us go through as young adults.

It is understandable that you might feel apprehensive at the thought of removal surgery, but it is a routine procedure for qualified dentists.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

The official name for wisdom teeth is our third molars. They are something of an evolutionary throwback, as we do not need their extra tearing power with our modern diets. Furthermore, the human jawbone has changed in shape over the generations such that there is usually insufficient space for them to erupt without impacting our other teeth.

Even with properly erupted wisdom teeth, overcrowding is likely to be a problem. However, the most common difficulty is with impacted wisdom teeth. This is when they collide with neighbouring teeth, or sometimes their roots. This causes pain, tenderness and swelling, with the potential for infections and other problems if left untreated.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

As we have already intimated, removal of impacted or infected wisdom teeth is a very common procedure and one that the majority of people go through sooner or later. The location of the wisdom teeth right at the back of the jaw, and the fact that the teeth might not be fully erupted combine to mean that wisdom teeth removal can be more complicated than normal teeth extraction.

However, the private wisdom tooth removal dentists at Glow Dental perform these procedures all the time. We will make sure the process is painless and stress-free every step of the way.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The third molars are typically more trouble than they are worth. In fact, it is believed that only around one in five people still have their wisdom teeth by the age of 30. The most common issue is impacted teeth when the wisdom teeth effectively try to erupt through the gum line, but in doing so, are blocked by the neighbouring molars.

This results in a range of problems. The impact leads to tenderness and pain, while half-erupted wisdom teeth provide the perfect place for food to get stuck, leading to tooth decay and infection.

Impacted or infected wisdom teeth cause pain and discomfort. They can also make eating and even speaking a difficult chore. Removing the wisdom teeth puts an end to all that pain and heartache. It also gives your other teeth the best opportunity to thrive, meaning better oral health and a smile you can be proud of.


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Common Questions in Relation to Wisdom Tooth Extractions

When Will I Know I Need My Wisdom Tooth Or Teeth Removed?
Can I Avoid Having Wisdom Teeth Removed? If So, How?
Do I Need Special Preparation For The Operation?
Is The Extraction Of Wisdom Teeth Painful?
Will I Be Sedated For The Operation?
Can I Feel Things During The Operation?
Could There Be Potential Risks While Undertaking Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?
I Heard Horror Stories Of People Having Their Wisdom Teeth Removed, Will I End Up In A Hospital?
Will I Be Able To Eat After Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed, Or Will I Be Having My Food Processed For A Week?