Wisdom tooth treatment
An Oral Surgeon is a specialist in the extraction of teeth, wisdom tooth removal and any surgical procedures involving the mouth and related structures.
Wisdom tooth removal
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth at each end of the upper and lower gums, at the very back of the mouth. The medical name for wisdom teeth is the third molars.
Wisdom teeth usually grow through the gums during your late teens or early twenties. There are normally four wisdom teeth. Often, there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow through in a straight line and they will emerge at an angle to fill the available space. Wisdom teeth that grow through in this way are known as 'impacted'.
There are different types of impacted wisdom teeth, depending on the way the tooth has grown through. The most common type is mesial impaction, which means teeth that have grown at an angle facing towards the front of the mouth.
Other types of impaction are:
Just because the tooth has not grown through straight does not mean that it needs to be removed.
The indications for removal are:
The oral surgeon will carefully examine you, and using additional X-ray information from a scanning X-ray or CT scan, will be able to diagnose the problem you are having and how best to manage it.
A third alternative is intravenous sedation, where a sedative is injected in to the back of your hand. This has the effect of not only calming you considerably, but the procedure itself is not remembered.