There are several reasons to remove wisdom teeth. These include, but are not limited to: minimizing risk of infection, ensuring health of adjacent teeth, limiting amount of bone loss at adjacent teeth, minimizing chances of pathology, and ensuring good overall health. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can make this experience a pleasant one for you.
Why would I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
You may need to have your wisdom teeth removed for many reasons. One of the most common reasons for wisdom tooth extraction is that you don’t have enough room in your jaw to accommodate your third set of molars. If you don’t have sufficient space for your wisdom teeth, they can push your other teeth together, causing overcrowding, overlapping, and twisting.
You may also need to have your wisdom teeth removed if they’re impacted or only partially erupted. Impacted teeth can increase your risk of:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
Your dentist can often predict if you’ll have wisdom teeth problems based on what they see in your dental X-rays.
What happens during surgical wisdom teeth removal?
Most times you will be sedated or under general anesthesia prior to your wisdom teeth removal surgery to keep you as comfortable as possible. First, your surgeon cuts away a portion of your gums to reveal the bone beneath.
Next, your surgeon cuts into the bone to reveal your wisdom teeth impacted inside. Often, your wisdom teeth will be broken into portions to make it easier to extract from the jawbone. Once the teeth are removed the area is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris.
Finally, the surgical sites are stitched up to promote healing and limit chances of infection.
What is the recovery like after wisdom teeth removal surgery?
You might feel a little groggy as soon as you wake from sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgical team will have you bite down on gauze to slow down and stop any bleeding. Once bleeding has stopped make sure you don’t do a lot of spitting or use a straw to drink. This can cause clots to become dislodged, causing a painful condition known as a “dry socket.”
For the first day or so your surgeon might prescribe some medication to help with any pain or swelling. After a few days, pain can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication.