Wisdom tooth extraction
The third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. This colloquialism originated from the fact that the third molars erupt much later in life than other teeth – usually they erupt during the 18th – 24th years of life and there is often not enough space for them to correctly erupt and fit properly into the dental arch. Sometimes the third molar does not erupt at all, in some other cases it erupts horizontally or askew. This condition, where the tooth is unable to properly erupt, can affect any tooth, but it most often happens with the third molars. However, it is true that upper wisdom teeth usually erupt properly and rarely cause complications. The lower wisdom teeth, on the other hand, tend to get impacted, erupt only partially or erupt askew.
Undergoing the initial wisdom tooth extraction is the most appropriate before they have fully erupted. The doctor will inspect the tooth by actively touching (with the hands). Afterwards, an X-Ray will be used to identify the precise location of the tooth in the jawbone, its condition and predict its future development. Based on this information, a treatment plan or tooth extraction will be arranged.
Impacted wisdom teeth can only be extracted via a surgical procedure. Wisdom tooth extraction consists of applying a local anaesthetic, opening up the gum tissue, removing any bone tissue covering the tooth, extracting the tooth itself, disinfecting the wound and then suturing the wound. In our dental office we perform the wisdom tooth extraction procedure with the utmost care – the alveolar nerve is located directly below, or in the direct vicinity of, the tooth in the jawbone. We make absolutely sure not to damage the nerve during the procedure, because it can cause tingling or insensitivity in the chin and lips.