Why Should Some Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Excerpt: There are times when you face a lot of issues due to the certain tooth in the mouth that causes you a lot of discomfort.

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Wisdom teeth are a natural part of the adult dentition. Many people have kept their wisdom teeth and they function perfectly but for many people, they can become a source of pain and discomfort. Since wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth and not as involved with chewing your food or speaking, their removal does not negatively impact your quality of life. Not all wisdom teeth become decayed or infected but when they do, extraction is often the most viable solution. Here are some of the underlying reasons that cause wisdom teeth to become so problematic. 

  • There might not be enough space at the back of the mouth to accommodate them. If they do not emerge through the gums like your other teeth did, a cyst could form around it, infection could occur and/or damage to the teeth in front of the wisdom tooth could occur. 
  • The wisdom tooth can emerge into the mouth at angles that can cause the gum tissue to become and remain very sore. Sore gums can make brushing difficult and prevent you from brushing your other teeth properly leading to decay on the teeth in front of them resulting in more pain. 
  • Occasionally, dentists will recommend the extraction of your wisdom teeth because based on their examination and analysis, your wisdom teeth have the potential to cause problems in the future. Generally, the younger you are when your wisdom teeth are extracted, the easier (and faster) the recovery from the procedure

What To Expect During Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

The extraction of wisdom teeth can be completed relatively painlessly and with a high degree of predictability regarding the results. The dentists at Smiles Dental Group use local anesthetic and/or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to fully control pain and discomfort during the extraction process. Complex extractions occasionally require additional steps (such as removing small amounts of bone to better access the tooth or sectioning the tooth to remove it in pieces) Regardless of the technique utilized, closing the extraction site with stitches (if necessary) and achieving hemostasis (halting the bleeding from the extraction site) will be accomplished before the procedure is considered to be complete. 

The vast majority of wisdom tooth extractions are routine and uneventful (taking only a few minutes per tooth) Once you have had the specific aftercare instructions relayed to you – it is time for you to go home and rest. Typically, the dentist will give you the following items to support your healing and minimize complications:

  1. Extra gauze and instructions on when and how to replace the gauze. 
  2. A prescription for painkillers (you should take them only if you feel pain afterwards). 
  3. A prescription for antibiotics (please inform the dentist and the dental staff if you are allergic to any medications including antibiotics and/or painkillers). 
  4. The dental office contact information in case you feel that the healing process is not going as planned or you need additional questions answered.  
  5. Written instructions of all of the verbal instructions that you were given before the procedure began – this will ensure that you are clear regarding what to do (or not to do) while recovering. 

Regardless of the number of teeth extracted, it is very important to follow the post-procedural care instructions that the dentist and dental staff have provided to you. You should of-course, contact the dental office if your healing seems to not be proceeding as expected. 

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