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The wisdom teeth, which are back molars on the upper and lower jaw, are sometimes the most troublesome of teeth for adults. They are not necessary and, when present, they can cause a number of health risks and complications. That’s why wisdom teeth removal is often a recommendation for those between the ages of 17 and 25. We can help you with this process in our offices.
To help you know more about wisdom teeth removal, we’re answering some of the most common questions asked about them.
What Are the Wisdom Teeth?
The wisdom teeth are a set of molars. These are teeth that are located at the very back of the upper and lower jaw on either side. The teeth may not emerge until you are in your 20s. When they do, they can cause significant pain and discomfort. These teeth are permanent.
Why Is The Removal Of Wisdom Teeth So Important Before They Come In?
Most of the time, our clients in our office should have their wisdom teeth removed before the teeth emerge from under the gumline. That’s because of their positioning and the limited amount of room present for most people. If the wisdom teeth come in at an odd angle, they can push the existing teeth out of the way, causing a high risk for dental complications as they do. This can cause alignment problems with each of the other teeth in the mouth.
These teeth can also become impacted. This means that they are unable to emerge or will get stuck in the process. When this happens, it creates a high risk for the development of inflammation and infection, generally due to the increased amount of bacteria present. For these reasons, it is best to remove these teeth before they come in.
Your dentist will take x-rays and monitor the development of these teeth over time. X-rays can provide some information on whether these teeth need to be removed fully.
What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Removal?
When you arrive at the office for your appointment, you’ll already know what to expect. During an initial consultation, the entire process is explained, providing you with insight into what will happen. Generally, the following occurs:
- We’ll ensure you’re comfortable and start an IV in your arm to allow for the flow of medications.
- Anesthesia is provided. The type we use depends on various needs you have, but most people will be fully asleep during the procedure to minimize any risk of pain or discomfort.
- Your oral surgeon will cut into the gumline to expose the tooth. The tooth is then detached from the jawbone and broken into pieces to make it easier for removal.
- After the tooth and root are removed, the area is flushed out to ensure no bone or fragments are present.
- The opening is then stitched up to encourage the healing process to begin. Gauze is applied to the area to help stop the bleeding.
After the procedure, you’ll be in recovery, a place where you will relax for a bit as the anesthesia wears off. You’ll be able to go home the same day.
Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Painful?
The good news is that most people do not have much pain. During the procedure, injections of medications are given to numb the area completely. You are then asleep during the procedure. This helps to alleviate any discomfort you will have. Many people just need to use over-the-counter pain medications after the procedure until the swelling goes down.
What Is Recovery Like?
After having wisdom teeth removed, you’ll need some time to heal. During the first 24 to 48 hours, you shouldn’t be alone. You will be given guidelines about what to eat and how to take care of your mouth for the first few days. You will also learn if you need to come back for a checkup in our office serving Richardson, TX.
You’ll also need to change your diet for a few days. During that initial recovery period, that may mean eating only soft foods. Also, avoid drinking from a straw as that can dislodge the blood clot that’s forming, leading to a higher risk of infection. You may need to refrain from any type of exercise initially as well. Don’t smoke, as that can also hinder the healing process.
You may also be on antibiotics during the process and for a few days after. These help to further reduce the risk of infection.
What Are the Risks of Wisdom Teeth Removal?
In our office, we take every step possible to reduce risks associated with wisdom teeth removal. As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks that you will learn more about during your consultation. There is the risk of excessive bleeding as well as an infection. When you work with us to follow all guidelines, these risks are minimized.
Why Should You Have Wisdom Teeth Removal Performed?
If you’re still unsure if you need this procedure, schedule a consultation to discuss the options and needs. Most people will find there are key benefits to it, including:
- Reducing the risk of overcrowding of the other teeth
- Minimizing the impact of infection
- Reducing the risk of early tooth decay
- Protecting your dental health overall
When you invest in this type of preventative treatment, you minimize not only the pain and health risks associated with allowing your wisdom teeth from coming in, but you also may reduce the overall long-term costs associated with more aggressive treatment options needed later.
Invest in Your Oral Health – Schedule a Consultation for Wisdom Teeth Removal Today
NextGen OMS provides consultations for wisdom teeth removal in Richardson, TX. If you are ready to see an improved smile or to stop the pain you’re feeling, we’re here to help you. We also recommend teens have a full consultation to determine the benefits of wisdom tooth extraction. Call our team today to schedule an appointment.