The American Public Health Association estimates that roughly 10 million wisdom teeth are removed from people’s mouths each and every year. Collectively, the cost of dental bills associated with these basic, routine, cut-and-dry extractions exceeds $3 billion per annum.
Before wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are ultimately removed from people’s mouths, we have 32 teeth. After they’re taken out – in most cases, all four of the third molars are removed – people have just 28 teeth. It’s actually more convenient to not be born with wisdom teeth like some one-third of Americans. To be specific, roughly 35 percent of the modern United States population never had to worry about wisdom tooth removal in Chandler AZ in the first place.
It might be inconvenient for the 85-odd percent of us Americans who ultimately need to get their wisdom teeth extracted from the back of their jaws, though we can prevent tooth decay, having to spend extra time cleaning third molars, bad breath, and discomfort by having our most trusted dentists take them out before they become an issue.
Ever wondered how they’re extracted? Here’s some interesting information about the process.
The Surgical Process
After anesthesia is administered, the dentist cuts into the gum above the wisdom tooth and the second molar. Temporarily, the gum is pulled back to allow the dentist room to work on the tooth. A drill is used to cut the tooth out of the jawbone. Next, a plug is inserted in the cavity that the wisdom tooth was taken out of to prevent a dry socket from forming.
Wisdom Teeth Rarely Grow In Straight
Few people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth grow in how they’re supposed to. In most cases, these third molars became impacted, a condition in which wisdom teeth only partially erupt – they might not even break the gumline at all!
Impacted wisdom teeth often grow forward, pressing against the back of the second molars. Less frequently, they grow backward, though they are also liable to grow at a 90-degree angle to the teeth in front of these impacted third molars.
Unfortunately, third molars that are impacted are more difficult to remove than their normal-growing counterparts.
The Three Types Of Anesthesia
Dentists always use local anesthesia, or injections of numbing medicine directly into the jaw or behind the teeth getting cut out. Sometimes, patients are put under using sedation anesthesia. Patients do not feel pain after being sedated, though they might remember portions of the procedure. General anesthesia is the third type of anesthesia; it is administered either by inhalation or intravenous injection and is similar to its sedative counterpart. However, patients don’t remember any part of extractions carried out using general anesthesia.