Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not happen in some cases. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.
Why would I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Your wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to come in. Most people will have four wisdom teeth that are either partially or fully grown. Not everyone’s wisdom teeth will grow normally. Sometimes wisdom teeth grow at an angle, which can be very painful. Sometimes wisdom teeth will come in partially and get stuck underneath your gums, which can cause swelling and severe pain. In other cases, wisdom teeth will not have enough space to grow in or can get blocked by neighboring teeth. In these cases, your wisdom teeth will need to be extracted.
What happens during a wisdom teeth extraction procedure?
The process for wisdom teeth removal can vary, depending on the patient. However, the steps are generally the same. The dentist will assess the wisdom teeth and take X-rays to determine the location and number of teeth involved. Then, the dentist will numb the teeth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic. In some cases, we may provide sedation to help with relaxation.
After the patient is comfortable, the dentist will begin removing the teeth. If the teeth are impacted, the dentist may need to section the tooth or bone structure in order to remove the teeth. After the teeth are out, a blood clot may form in the socket. The dentist will place gauze in the socket and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. The patient should eat soft foods and avoid smoking until the wound heals.
What is recovery like after wisdom teeth extraction?
Recovery after wisdom teeth extraction should be relatively painless. The oral surgeon will give you a dose of over-the-counter pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. Be sure to follow all aftercare instructions from your oral surgeon, including using an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time, resting with your head elevated, and consuming only soft foods.
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth can lead to many oral health problems, so your dentist may recommend getting them removed. Some wisdom teeth don’t emerge fully or at all, and they can cause crowding and impaction. If your wisdom teeth come in misaligned, they may damage your surrounding teeth.
Wisdom teeth extractions are usually recommended during the teen years or years 20-25. This is usually after all of your permanent teeth have come in and when your jaws have finished growing.
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