What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are often a big problem for many individuals. They often appear between the ages of 15 -– 26 but may vary from one person to the next. Some individuals may get their wisdom teeth sooner than the national statistics while others may get them later.

The wisdom teeth often cause problems within the jaw since it’s occupied with other teeth. They often grow in crooked or protrude sideways into other teeth. If you teeth become impacted it can be very painful and will require a surgical procedure to remove the wisdom teeth. If not removed in a timely manner it can cause inflammation, infection and extreme pain.

Once your wisdom teeth become impacted or grow in wrong the only solution is to be surgically extracted. There is no way to correct the position of the teeth so they need to be removed as soon as possible. For many individuals the wisdom teeth don’t even grow in completely which leaves half of the teeth to be hidden by your gums. This can often case bacterial infections due to the teeth not being fully exposed. If food particles get inside the gum line there is no way to remove it from beneath the gums.

Once you have setup an appointment with your dentist to have the wisdom teeth removed he will explain the procedure to you and that anesthesia will be required. This is to help keep you relaxed and pain free during the procedure. There are different types of anesthesia but the two that dentists prefer most are general anesthesia and local anesthesia. The type they decide to use will depend on how bad your wisdom teeth are impacted and how long the surgical procedure will take.

Once the anesthesia has been administered the dentist will proceed by cutting your gum line to expose the impacted wisdom teeth that is being removed. He will then extract the tooth and if there is any breakage he will remove it as well. Once the wisdom teeth have been extracted the dentist will then put stitches in order to help your mouth heal. This will help to prevent a lot of bleeding and should dissolve on their own after a few days unless the doctor is not using an absorbing type of stitches. Once the stitches are in place most dentists will ask if you want to see your wisdom teeth before sending you home.

After you have had your wisdom teeth surgically removed you will normally be put on an antibiotic and some type of pain killers to help with the pain once the anesthesia wears off. Most dentists will tell you to take a pain pill around 30 minutes or so after you have filled the prescription so it will kick in before the numbness of the anesthesia is completely gone.

It’s rare that complications arise after wisdom teeth have been removed but if you notice heavy bleeding or any type of drainage from your incision area then you should call your dentist immediately.

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