What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Your wisdom teeth are a set of four molars which grow in at the very back of your mouth. They are the last permanent teeth to emerge, usually appearing between the ages of 17 and 25. If there is not sufficient space for them to come in, or if they grow in at the wrong angle, the emergence of wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and other dental problems. If your wisdom teeth are causing these issues, they may need to be removed. This may be done under local anesthetic with or without sedation, or under general anesthesia.
How do you prepare for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Before scheduling an extraction, you will have a consultation with your oral surgeon during which you will list any allergies you have or medications you are taking, and discuss which level of anesthesia will be used during the procedure. You will be asked to avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol for 24 hours prior to the procedure. If you are going to have your wisdom teeth removed under general anesthesia, it is also necessary to avoid eating or drinking anything for this eight-hour period. Please brush your teeth before coming in for your appointment, and have someone accompanying you who can drive you home afterwards. You may continue with your prescribed pills, but nothing over the counter.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal performed?
There are a number of reasons why the wisdom teeth may need to be taken out. The teeth may be impacted, meaning they are not able to penetrate through the gums. This can cause pain and an increased risk of decay and infection. Other times, the teeth will come in at an angle that causes them to press painfully against other teeth, or your mouth is simply not large enough to accommodate this third set of molars. Wisdom teeth may also be difficult to reach with a brush or floss, making them more prone to advanced decay which may necessitate removal. Wisdom teeth also cause damage to adjacent teeth.
What can you expect during Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
First, your oral surgeon will administer local anesthesia so that you will not feel pain while your wisdom teeth are removed. Your dentist will make an incision in the gums and may remove some bone in order to get to the root of each tooth. The tooth will be removed, along with any debris or detritus in the area. Gauze may be used to stop any bleeding. If needed, stitches will be used to close the incision. The appointment should take around 45 minutes.
What is the followup and recovery like for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If sedation is used for the procedure, you may feel very sleepy following your appointment and need someone to give you a ride home. It is common to have some swelling and discomfort in the aftermath of wisdom tooth extraction, and it may take a couple of weeks for your mouth to fully heal. In the meantime, you should eat soft foods, drink plenty of fluids, and be careful not to aggravate the area when brushing. Applying an ice pack for the first 24 hours can help with any swelling. If pain and swelling won’t subside, or if you develop a fever, you should contact your doctor immediately.
What are the potential costs for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Here at Beacon Dental Studio, do not accept dental insurances, However, we would be happy to help you with the claim form and submit it to your insurance for you.
What are the potential risks for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Risks become minor when you see a surgeon who is experienced. Dr. Jamali has removed more than 10,000 wisdom teeth. In a small number of cases a dry socket can occur, which is when the post-surgical blood clot is lost from the point of incision, leaving the nerves exposed and causing severe pain. Rarely, infections and damage to the nearby bones or teeth can also happen. A written instruction is given after surgery and it must be followed closely to reduce pain.