Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom Teeth Removal | Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in your mouth. They usually grow in your adolescence and can cause a lot of problems if they’re not removed. These problems include but are not limited to these molars growing sideways or backward and can even impact the roots of your other teeth, causing pain and infection.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow. Wisdom teeth usually appear between ages 17 and 25. They grow at a 45-degree angle from the gum line and can likely cause problems like impaction – causing pain, infection, or damage to other teeth around them. In many cases, dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth before they start growing.
Why do you need extraction of your wisdom teeth?
When wisdom teeth grow, problems like gum disease, cysts, and infections to jaw pain or damage can incur. Additionally, wisdom teeth can likely cause problems with your other teeth if they don’t fit; However, If you have four healthy wisdom teeth and room for them to grow, they may not cause any issues at all.
Another possible issue with wisdom teeth is that they may grow sideways rather than straight up and down, which will make them painful and in need of extraction.
What is the process of wisdom tooth extraction?
Dentists start your Wisdom teeth extraction procedure by numbing the area of your mouth where the wisdom tooth is located, as well as any surrounding tissue that may be affected during the procedure.
Once numb, we will make an incision into your gums to remove or loosen the tooth with forceps and/or other dental instruments. We’ll then extract the tooth out of its socket in a single piece (if possible) and pack the extraction site with gauze to allow it to heal.
Wisdom teeth recovery and aftercare.
After a wisdom teeth extraction, you may experience:
- Gum Pain from the Procedure
- Bleeding where the wisdom teeth were extracted
- Swelling of the gums, cheeks, and lips.
Dental pain is normal as the numbing wears off. Take pain medication as directed by your dentist or pharmacist. Do not take more than prescribed. If you have trouble sleeping due to pain after surgery, ask for help from your dentist or pharmacist. With proper care and recovery, you should be back to normal in no time.
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