All about Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Some people don’t see the need to extract wisdom teeth, especially if they are not causing any problems. However, it is better to do it sooner than later. A lot of dentists recommend the extraction of the same. This article will discuss all wisdom teeth so that you can get a clear picture of why it is essential to remove them.
Why they are removed
For those who still not clear what wisdom teeth are, they are the last teeth to erupt. These teeth appear when most people are between 16 and 25. It is worth noting that some people never get wisdom teeth.
For some people who have enough space in their mouths, wisdom teeth erupt like normal molars. However, most people usually develop wisdom teeth that are impacted. That’s why it is always crucial to extract them. If impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, they can:
- Grow straight down or up but get trapped in your jawbone
- Grow towards your second molars
- Grow towards the back of the mouth
That’s not all, impacted wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems to you. In most cases, impacted wisdom teeth leads to:
- Jaw pain
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Food being tapped behind wisdom teeth which can lead to infections
- Tooth decay in the impacted wisdom tooth
- Damage to the neighboring tooth
- Damage to the bone in your mouth
- Complications with your orthodontic treatments. For example, if you are using braces, wisdom teeth can cause problems for the whole thing.
How to Prepare
The whole procedure does not require you to carry out any special preparation. If the tooth is not deeply impacted, the dentist can carry out the treatment right there in his office. For a deeply impacted wisdom tooth, your dentist may recommend you to an oral surgeon.
You might want to prepare yourself with some questions to ask your dentist or surgeon. Knowing everything beforehand gives you more confidence. Ask him questions like:
- The number of wisdom teeth he will be extracting
- The anesthesia he will use on you during the procedure
- Ask him to explain fully how the procedure will be conducted
- Ask him to give you an estimate of how long you will be in surgery during the extraction
- Let him explain any risks associated with the surgery
- Ask him how long it will take you to return to your normal activities
You are likely to be released on the very same day. Your dentist will give you specific instructions to follow during the recovery period. He might as well give you some painkillers.
What to Expect
Knowing what to expect as early as now can help you gather the courage to visit the dentist for extraction before it is too late. The first thing you need to know is the procedure is practically painless. The dentists or surgeons use anesthesia to make it as painless as possible.
Expect the dentist to use one of the three common anesthesia. You can be sedated with either local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation anesthesia. Any of the three will get the job done.
While you are still numbed, the dentist will make an incision, remove the tooth, and stitch the wound. He will also place a gauze, which helps control the bleeding as well as help with the clotting of the blood.
After the Surgery
After the wisdom teeth are removed and you are sent home expect:
- Bleeding: There will be some bleeding from time to time during the first two days. Do what your dentist said to control the bleeding. Avoid as much as possible, spitting the blood anyhow. Spitting might dislodge the blood clot.
- You will also experience some pain during the first few days. Use the recommended painkillers to manage the pain.
- Swelling. You might swell a bit, and you can manage the swelling with the ice compress method.
Ensure to drink plenty of water during the healing period. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as possible. Avoid eating hard foods. Eat only soft foods during the first four days. Don’t brush your teeth the first day. Just rinse your mouth, and you can brush your teeth probably after 36 hours.
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