Wisdom tooth removal is a routine procedure that can help to relieve the pain and discomfort of impaction.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars. Most people get them when they are in their late teens or early 20s; around college age, which is the reason for the common nickname of these teeth. Nature wasn’t very smart when it designed them, however. Wisdom teeth often come in crooked, sometimes even horizontally. They can be very problematic and often need to be removed.
If your wisdom teeth are positioned correctly, it is entirely safe to leave them intact, but there is no guarantee that they won’t develop problems and require removal later. Sometimes removal of wisdom teeth is recommended before problems develop. Their removal is easier in when you are younger. If you are over 30 and still have your wisdom teeth, it is unlikely that they will develop problems. If you are younger and unsure about what to do, the dentist can help you to understand how keeping your wisdom teeth versus having them removed could impact your oral health. Ultimately the decision is up to you.
If you decide to go ahead with wisdom tooth extraction, the complexity of the procedure depends on how your wisdom teeth are positioned. Generally, their removal is more complex than normal tooth extractions. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and it can be done under general anesthesia as well. If this is the case, you will sleep through the procedure. We will make sure you are completely comfortable for the procedure. Even if your case is a complicated one, it can be completely comfortable and pain-free with the advanced techniques we use.
After the wisdom tooth or teeth are removed, recovery is usually only a few days. You will be provided with dental gauze and may be prescribed pain medication. Your mouth will remain numb for a few hours after the procedure. You can eat soft foods and drink liquids, but do not drink with a straw for a few days because this can dislodge blood clots and delay healing. You may want to use ice packs or a cold washcloth to reduce swelling. Gargling with warm salt water can also help to reduce swelling and discomfort.
If you would like more information about our wisdom tooth procedures or to see if you are a candidate for wisdom tooth removal, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.