Wisdom teeth need to be removed if they become impacted or are at a risk of becoming impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are wisdom teeth which do not fully emerge into the mouth because of blockage from other teeth. If the wisdom teeth do not have enough space to grow into the mouth, pain can develop with the onset of inflammation or infection or damage to the adjacent teeth. If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed and are experiencing pain near the back of your jaw, it may be worth visiting your dentist to find out if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
The standard wisdom tooth extraction procedure is to create an incision in the mucosa of the mouth, section the tooth and extract it in pieces. This can be completed under local anaesthetic, sedation or general anaesthetic.
Most patients will experience some pain and swelling that can be managed with over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen and return to school or work in 2 to 3 days.
Coverage varies by policy, but typical dental insurance plans cover the extraction of wisdom teeth. We can help determine what is covered by your policy when you come in for an appointment.