If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth, your wisdom teeth may be to blame. “Wisdom teeth” (or, third molars) usually emerge in your late teens or early twenties.
While some people don’t experience any issues with their wisdom teeth, others may need to have them removed to alleviate pain and prevent further dental problems. Here’s everything you need to know about wisdom tooth removal:
When Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. However, when there isn’t enough space, wisdom teeth may grow at an angle or get stuck beneath the gum line. This can lead to pain, swelling, infection, and even damage to other teeth and gums.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to consider removal:
- Pain or discomfort in the back of your mouth
- Swelling in the gums or jaw
- Infection or decay in the wisdom teeth or nearby teeth
- Crowding or shifting of teeth
- Difficulty opening your mouth or chewing
Your dentist or oral surgeon can evaluate your wisdom teeth and recommend removal if necessary. In some cases, it may be better to remove wisdom teeth before they cause problems to avoid potential complications.
What to Expect During the Removal Procedure
If your dentist recommends wisdom tooth removal, the procedure typically involves the following steps:
Anesthesia – You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth or a general anesthetic to put you to sleep, depending on your comfort level.
Incision – Your dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone, and to allow for easy removal.
Removal – The tooth will be gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the socket and then removed.
Stitches – Your dentist will then close the incision with stitches, which will harmlessly dissolve over time with proper aftercare.
Recovery After Wisdom Tooth Removal
After your wisdom tooth removal, your mouth will be sensitive and you may experience some discomfort or swelling. We recommend that you rest for at least 24 hours following the procedure and avoid any strenuous activities. You should also avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and consuming hot or spicy foods for a few days to allow your mouth to heal properly.
It is important to keep your mouth clean to prevent infection. You should rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day and brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, being careful not to brush the extraction site. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
In some cases, you may experience dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot that forms in the socket is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves underneath. This can be very painful, but can be easily treated by your dentist with a medicated dressing. If you experience severe pain, swelling, or bleeding, contact your dentist immediately.
(For More Information on Dry Sockets: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-socket/symptoms-causes/syc-20354376)
Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Removal
While wisdom tooth removal may seem like a daunting procedure, it can provide several benefits for your oral health and overall well-being. Here are some reasons why wisdom tooth removal may be necessary:
- Prevents further dental problems: As previously stated, if left untreated wisdom teeth can cause crowding, decay, infection, and other dental problems. Removing them can prevent these issues from occurring or getting worse.
- Reduces pain and discomfort: If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, or infection in your wisdom teeth, removal can alleviate these symptoms and restore your comfort.
- Improves oral hygiene: Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, which can lead to decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Removing them can improve your oral hygiene and prevent these problems.
- Saves money in the long run: Ignoring wisdom teeth problems can lead to costly dental treatments and procedures down the road. Removing them can save you money and hassle in the long run.
Why Choose Our Office for Wisdom Tooth Removal
At Converse Smiles, we understand that wisdom tooth removal can be a stressful experience. That’s why we take the time to explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have, so you feel comfortable and informed.
Our experienced dental professionals use the latest technology and techniques to perform wisdom tooth removal safely and effectively. We also offer sedation dentistry to help you relax and feel comfortable throughout the procedure.
Don’t let wisdom tooth pain interfere with your daily life. To get started with Converse Smiles to improve and affirm your dental health: consider booking an appointment or contacting us through phone.