Teeth start to grow during pregnancy, but they are not visible until months after birth in many cases. This type of teeth is called temporary or milk teeth. These come off by the age of six years when a child grows permanent teeth. However, they do not achieve the 32 teeth of adults.
Some teeth do not grow at this time until the late teens and early twenties. These are called wisdom teeth. By this time, there are already 28 teeth in the mouth, and the wisdom teeth, which are four, two on top and two on the bottom jaw, make the teeth 32.
In some cases, there is not enough space to accommodate the wisdom teeth, and you might experience some problems.
A dental X-ray can show wisdom teeth growing in. So how can you tell your wisdom teeth are coming in and about to rupture? Below are some of the aspects to look out for:
Other symptoms include swelling of the gum behind the second molar and tender jaws. You may also have trouble when opening your mouth wide and a bad taste in your mouth.
Although the symptoms that come with the growth of wisdom teeth are mild, in some cases, you might experience sharp pain when you get impacted wisdom teeth. This pain will make it difficult for you to chew using your second molar.
Tooth impaction means that they are stuck under the gum or do not have enough space to break through. These teeth need to be removed. A dental X-ray will be used to help our dentist see the impacted tooth.
The removal procedure does not result in long-term complications. However, impacted wisdom teeth extraction will require a surgical approach that involves making an incision in the gum tissue and removing the bone. If your teeth are deeply impacted, you will need depth surgery performed by an oral surgeon.
The possible problems that can result from the removal are:
After the wisdom teeth removal procedure, our dentist will treat the gum at the extraction point to promote healing. Dissolvable stitches can be used to stop the bleeding, although a section of gauze is placed in many cases. Clot forms in the empty socket to provide a foundation for healing, and soft tissue starts to grow. After a few days, the soft tissue will fill the empty socket.
With time, the socket will be replaced by bone, closing the hole completely and permanently. There won’t be pain when this process takes place, and your gums will require 3-4 weeks to grow back fully. In some cases, it can take a few months. You should also ensure you maintain proper oral hygiene keeping your teeth and gum clean to avoid infections.
At Toronto East Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer wisdom teeth extraction. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon is skilled with many years of experience with patients. You will also be treated for other dental problems, and we have state-of-the-art equipment to make your visit comfortable. So book an appointment with us today for our top services.