As you enter your late teen years, the last set of teeth to grow in are your third molars. Third molars are popularly known as wisdom teeth since they’re the last to erupt, at the point in an individual’s life when they are said to be becoming wiser. At Laurich Dentistry, we know exactly how to smoothen the removal process.
For some people, their wisdom teeth don’t grow. Furthermore, there are only a few people whose wisdom teeth come in perfectly straight. Thus, the wisdom teeth are considered beneficial and valuable.
For most people, the late arrival of the third molars puts stress on the mouth, causing different problems. If there is insufficient space for them to grow, your wisdom teeth will erupt at an angle and could become impacted. Wisdom tooth impaction is a huge concern since this can be quite painful. Moreover, it causes damage to the surrounding teeth and can lead to infection.
The timing of the wisdom teeth’s eruption is vital as well. Most teenagers wear braces for a minimum of one year to correct misalignment. Then when this dental problem has already been solved, their wisdom teeth may start to emerge and threaten the orthodontic work done.
These are some of the reasons why your wisdom teeth should be removed. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental surgery performed by trained dentists in the office.
What to Expect from Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal may take up to 45 minutes. An anesthesia will be administered to numb your mouth. You may get one of these anesthesia types – local, IV sedation or general.
One of our Laurich Dentists might need to cut your gums or bone in order to get the wisdom teeth out. If so, the wounds will be stitched for faster healing. The stitches often dissolve after several days. Also, gauze pads will be placed in your mouth to absorb some of the blood.
Wisdom Teeth Recovery
Different people respond in different ways to anesthesia. If you feel alert after the surgery, you can drive home to start your recovery. You may even go back to work or perform your normal activities. But if you still feel drowsy, you must ask someone to drive you home.
For faster recovery, you need to follow all the instructions your dentist has provided. For the first three days after surgery, you can use an ice pack to reduce swelling and regularly exercise your jaw by gently opening and closing your mouth. You can only eat soft foods. Also, brush your teeth on the second day and avoid brushing against the blood clots. If your pain or swelling does not improve or if you have a fever, call your dentist immediately.
Do you think you need your wisdom teeth removed? Contact us today!