Wisdom Tooth Extraction
What is Wisdom Teeth ?
Wisdom teeth are molars in the very back of your mouth that typically come in between ages 17 to 21. There are two wisdom teeth on the top and two on the bottom of your mouth.
Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are many reasons a dentist would recommend a wisdom tooth extraction. The most common reason is impaction. The wisdom teeth may not have enough room in the mouth to come out from the gum. Other reasons a wisdom tooth extraction may be necessary include an infection or cavity, lesions, damage to nearby teeth, bone loss around the root, or pressing against your other teeth.
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause serious health issues if not addressed. Other teeth can be damaged, cysts, dry socket, and gum disease can be caused by wisdom teeth that are impacted.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure
An oral surgeon can perform this procedure in office. This procedure can require general anesthesia in some instances. Your wisdom tooth extraction dentist will recommend either oral sedation or IV sedation for your procedure. The dentist will ensure you are either numb or asleep during the entire wisdom teeth removal process.
When the anesthetic has taken effect, the extraction specialist will cut the gums surrounding the wisdom teeth and proceed to remove the wisdom teeth. The specialist will stitch the wounds shut to ensure a quick healing time. The stitches will dissolve within a few days and it will not be required to have them removed.
It is recommended that you arrange care for children and pets as you may feel groggy after the extraction surgery. Patients can expect some swelling and minor pain around the extraction site. Minor bleeding in the mouth is also normal after the wisdom teeth have been extracted.
Post Surgery Care
Your oral surgeon will give instructions post-surgery. Likely after-care includes rising with salt water and keeping gauze in your mouth to absorb any excess bleeding. Wisdom teeth extraction patients may be prescribed pain medication by their surgeon for comfort. Follow ups with the extraction specialist are typically not needed. Recovery time can range from three to seven days. Proper dental hygiene is recommended to prevent infection.
If excessive bleeding, pain, fever, or excess swelling becomes present, contact your doctor immediately
What is the Cost of Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
The cost of the procedure can vary based on the condition of the patient and type of sedation needed.
Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Removal
• Not removing your wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding in your mouth. This can lead to further orthodontic problems in the future. Having your wisdom teeth removed prevents overcrowding.
• In addition to preventing diseases and cavities, wisdom teeth can also become uncomfortable and painful if impacted. Having wisdom teeth removed will alleviate the pain.
• A frequent consequence of impacted wisdom teeth is gum inflammation. Cavities and various forms of gum disease are also preventable with the wisdom teeth removal.
• Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to cysts or tumors if left untreated. Having the wisdom teeth removed will prevent this as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are symptoms of wisdom teeth?
Some patients do not have any symptoms that lead to needing wisdom teeth removal. The most common symptoms are: jaw pain or tenderness and swelling around the gums.
What problems can arise if I don’t have my wisdom teeth removed?
If wisdom teeth do not grow in properly or become impacted, an array of dental issues can follow. This includes damage to surrounding teeth, jaw damage, inflammation, infection, cavities, and sinus issues.
What is the recovery time for wisdom tooth extraction?
Recovery estimates are between 7-10 days. Some patients are much sooner or longer in recovery time.