Facts About Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The reasons for wisdom teeth extraction and what to expect during and after the extraction.
Wisdom teeth should be removed if there is not enough room in the mouth for the third molars to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before the root structure is fully formed. Doing so will decrease the difficulty and risks of surgery. Some begin to have problems as early as age 12 or 13 and others not until their early twenties.
An oral examination and mouth x-rays can determine the position of the wisdom teeth and tell if there are any existing or potential future problems. Early evaluation and treatment can result in a positive outcome for patients.
If wisdom teeth are not extracted, infection is a frequent problem. When there is not enough room for complete eruption, the gum tissue becomes irritated and infected around the wisdom tooth, which can result in swelling, pain and problems with chewing.
Cysts can also arise when a tooth is impacted. Fluid-filled sores form inside the jawbone and expand destroying adjacent jawbone. These can be difficult to treat if wisdom teeth are not removed during the teenage years.
Impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to the crowding of teeth. This is noticeable with the lower front teeth and is seen after a patient has had braces. Removing wisdom teeth will prevent long-term damage to gums, teeth and jawbone.
If you decide to have your wisdom teeth removed, you’ll probably want to be sedated so that you are unaware of the experience. The outpatient surgery is performed with appropriate anesthesia to give maximum comfort. A responsible adult must accompany you to the office and plan to stay by your side the entire day. The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes, but you will likely be in the office for around 90 minutes. Modern-day advances in technology and medicine help patients to undergo wisdom tooth extraction in a way that promotes expedited healing and minimal post-op discomfort.
If stitches are required, they usually dissolve in a few days and won’t require removal. You might notice a sensation of swollen gums that feel like they are pulling away from the teeth. This is normal and will subside in a couple of days.
When the anesthesia wears off, you’ll probably require pain medication. It’s a good idea to try non-narcotic, anti-inflammatory meds first. If they do not adequately treat your pain, you should begin using a prescription for pain medication. Your post-operative diet should consist of clear liquids such as broths and Jell-O.
Be sure to ask questions at the time of your consultation and consult this website for more information on teeth extraction in Apex.
Ron has years of experience in the dental world. You can find his thoughts at teeth safety Blog.
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