The wisdom tooth is the last molar located in the four corners of the mouth. This tooth has rarely enough space to make a complete eruption. The partially erupted wisdom tooth makes it vulnerable to infections and these affect the overall health of the person.
For this reason, it is often preferable to extract it surgically.
The difficulty of the wisdom tooth
All wisdom teeth are not placed the same way and each individual has a different bone density. Thus, no wisdom tooth surgery has the same prognosis. Your dentist determines the level of difficulty of this intervention and will advise on how, when and the ideal technique that applies to your situation. To evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth the dentist will take a panoramic X-ray and sometimes a 3D scan.
As with any medical intervention, some risks are associated with wisdom tooth extraction. Surgery implies incision in the gums and sometimes bone reduction. You can anticipate unavoidable inflammation and bleeding, but these will cease within a reasonable time. The major concern is when the inflammation reaches the nerve located under the wisdom tooth. In some cases, the nerve can no longer transmit certain stimuli. This is called “paresthesia”, which is loss of sensation. In very rare cases, an increase in sensation can occur, and in this case, it is then called “hyperesthesia”.