Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure done by a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon. The Wisdom Teeth or Third Molars are four permanent molar teeth located right at the very back of the dental arches in the mouth, top and bottom. Evolution has rendered wisdom teeth mostly unnecessary for us humans due to dietary changes and congenital factors. While some may have their wisdom teeth erupt without any problems, others present with their wisdom teeth impacted and in need of removal.
When one or more wisdom teeth are exposed or impacted, it can cause pain, infection and periodontal problems. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is not enough space for one or more molars to enter the arch, or if they grow at an angle, preventing them from fully erupting.
Failing to remove impacted wisdom teeth may lead to severe discomfort in the form of peri-coronal infection, tooth abscess, periodontal disease or bone destruction around adjacent teeth, as well as growths and cysts with grave complications to your health.
The wisdom teeth usually begin to erupt during the teenage years, but complications often only present later in life. Most orthodontists will recommend removal of wisdom teeth after your orthodontic appliances (or braces) have been removed because it may cause incisor crowding, i.e. the front teeth to overlap, due to forward pressure from the wisdom teeth. For others, Dr Kruger can take a panoramic x-ray of the jaws to assess and inform you whether or not your wisdom teeth may need surgical removal and when would be the appropriate time to perform the surgery.
Your x-ray should show how many of your wisdom teeth have developed and the need for removal. In some cases, you will have the option to have your wisdom teeth removed under local anaesthesia in Dr Kruger’s surgery, but mostly in a day-hospital under general anaesthesia according to the difficulty of the surgery. Dr Kruger is a trained and registered specialist in the field of maxillofacial and oral surgery and has performed this surgery more often than the average dentist. The procedure will be performed with less discomfort and less time, saving valuable and expensive theatre time and anaesthesia.
With his extensive experience and technique, the wisdom teeth can be removed less invasively, making recovery less painful, and you should also experience shorter recovery time.
A specialist would be more capable of diagnosing and avoiding complications. Please refer to the post-operative instructions and patient information documentation on Dr Kruger’s webpage for further information and instructions.
If you choose to have your wisdom teeth surgically removed, you can be sure that Dr Kruger and his highly-trained anaesthesia and nursing team will provide you with a safe and comfortable surgery experience.