You’ve probably heard a horror story or two about wisdom teeth, but we’re here to set the record straight. Wisdom teeth can be painful but easily cured with a simple tooth removal procedure. The key to circumventing the pain caused by wisdom teeth is to bring your concerns to your dentist and discuss your options.
Wisdom teeth usually make their grand entrance during a person’s late teens or early 20s. These third molars in the back of the mouth sometimes break through the gums without any fanfare and happily take their place among your other teeth. But, sometimes, these teeth may become impacted and have difficulty pushing through the gums. Other times, the tooth may only partially emerge due to its angle or a lack of room for the tooth to fully emerge.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Most people will do anything they can to avoid having their wisdom teeth removed. However, if the teeth are impacted or partially erupted, tooth removal may be necessary to prevent swelling, tenderness, and severe pain.
At Progressive Dental Arts, we may even recommend removal in cases where your wisdom teeth have fully emerged. The reason for this is that even though your wisdom teeth may not be bothering you they can be hard to clean and can eventually start to deteriorate. When this happens, your mouth could be susceptible to frequent infections, putting yourself at risk of developing gum disease.
When Is the Best Time for Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Everyone’s situation is unique. Your dentist will use panoramic x-ray technology to help you determine if removal is the better option. If we suggest removal, it is recommended that you have the procedure done as soon as possible. It is best to remove wisdom teeth right after they fully or partially erupt because the roots are not completely formed, and the bone surrounding the teeth is not as thick. These two conditions make it easier to extract the tooth and the recovery time is quicker.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
In cases of an impacted tooth, your dentist will perform a procedure that removes a section of the bone encasing the tooth. To keep as much of the bone intact, your dentist will separate the tooth or section it. Each piece is removed through a small opening in the bone.
To ensure your complete comfort, we’ll administer a numbing agent around the extraction area. If you have severe anxiety about the procedure, talk to Dr. Wu or Dr. Bayley about your sedation options.
How Long Is the Healing Process?
Recovery varies from person to person. In general, the recovery time directly correlates to the difficulty of the extraction. Your dentist will provide you with all the necessary information about the recovery process to help you heal quickly without complications.