A Bitewing is a radiographic view (x-ray) of of the posterior teeth. It is called a Bitewing because of the little tab of paper or plastic placed in the center of the X-ray film that the patient bites on. This gives a perfect perpendicular view of the the rear teeth and their relation with the jaw bone to help aid in the detection of caries. These are never used on the front teeth.
Most people get a 3rd and final set of molars called Wisdom Teeth in their later teens to early twenties. If you are lucky your wisdom teeth will come in and give your mouth a full set of teeth, but for most, wisdom teeth come through misaligned and need to be taken out. Some people are really lucky and don’t have wisdom teeth at all.
Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are trapped in-between the soft tissue and the jaw bone. If the tooth only breaks through the gum partially it exposes the gum to bacteria and infection.
Your dentist can show you if you have wisdom teeth and where they are located with an x-ray image. A dentist may also recommend to have the wisdom teeth removed before they become a problem. Oral surgery is required to remove wisdom teeth. Recovery time varies depending on the position of the teeth to be extracted and the age of the patient.
A local anesthetic is used, but you may want to request a strong sedative if you have anxiety about the procedure.
The patient will most like experience facial swelling around where the teeth were pulled. Pain medication may be taken like Tylenol, but stronger pain relievers may be prescribed by your dentist or surgeon. Recovery may take a few days.