All About Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Also known in the dental world as ‘third molars’ the wisdom teeth are typically the last four teeth to emerge and erupt in a person’s mouth. Located at the very backs of the mouth, near the throat opening, these teeth at times do settle in normally, but in many cases there is not enough space for the wisdom teeth to properly erupt or to be completely useful and functional. Let’s take a closer look at wisdom teeth facts so that you can understand what dental treatments might be ideal for your own.
Why extract wisdom teeth?
When there is not adequate space for the wisdom tooth to come into your mouth, they can become impacted. This means that your wisdom tooth is actually stuck in a painful, undesirable, or otherwise detrimental position. When impacted wisdom teeth are left untreated it can lead to pain, swelling, oral infections, and tooth decay. In addition, poorly positioned wisdom teeth can damage neighboring molars, and can even lead to more serious things like cysts and tumors in the area.
How it’s done
Wisdom tooth removal is typically performed while the dental patient is sedated. This assures the patient of complete comfort during the procedure. The sedative that is given is typically administered via IV, and it continues to provide effective pain relief even after the procedure is complete.
Post surgery care
Following the oral surgery, wisdom tooth removal patients should expect to experience some swelling, and soreness. There also may be a bit of bleeding at times. While your surgery wound heals, be sure to be gentle with that portion of your mouth. You will want to take great care not to do harm to the gums as they heal. Solid foods, soft drinks, coffee, and alcohol are not recommended in the immediate days following surgery. After a few days you can slowly resume tooth brushing, and gradually add in various foods as you become comfortable with them. Recovery time will vary from person to person, depending on the number of wisdom teeth extracted, and the position/condition of the wisdom teeth before extraction.
If you are unsure of the health or position of your own wisdom teeth, we can help. Visit our office for a consultation and we can map out your plan of action in no time.