Third Molar Extraction
Third molars (also called wisdom teeth) are usually the last teeth to develop. They are located in the very back of your mouth and usually struggle to erupt due to jaw space. They typically complete development between the ages of 15 and 20.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease. If wisdom teeth are not removed, many patients develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Problems chewing and swallowing sometimes occur.
Other diseases, such as cysts and tumours can also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth.
Each situation is unique. Your doctor will take a panoramic X-ray to determine whether your wisdom teeth will need to be removed. If your doctor recommends removal of your wisdom teeth, it is best to have them removed sooner rather than later.
Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Healing time varies depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction and patient age. Your doctor will let you know what to expect and will provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.