Have you been feeling a tooth or gum ache way in the back of your mouth? It could be a wisdom tooth that needs removing. Getting wisdom teeth removal is a pretty straightforward procedure that doesn’t drastically change your ability to eat, drink, or speak.
It can, however, greatly reduce pain.
What are wisdom teeth?
They are an extra third set of molars that break the gum line between 17 and 24 years of age, hence “when you are wiser.”
Usually, these teeth will erupt (break through) from the gums without any issue and function just like your other molars. In some cases, however, they may not erupt or may come in at a bad angle, causing pain.
Even if they erupt normally, they might not get the same level of home care. These molars are set back farther in your mouth, reducing the amount of attention they receive.
Needs for Extraction
- Impacted Teeth
Wisdom teeth may not erupt fully or even partially due to their location in your mouth. When the gums or jawbone trap a tooth, it can be a painful experience.
- Angle of the Teeth
If the teeth come in at an angle, they can put pressure on an adjacent tooth. This can be painful on its own, but it can also perpetuate the development of cavities.
- Mouth Size
When the inside of your mouth can’t accommodate the new teeth, they may require wisdom teeth removal to prevent future problems.
- Cavities and Periodontal Disease
Because of their location, wisdom teeth are more difficult to care for, and your toothbrush or dental floss might not reach, leading to increased plaque, tartar, and bacteria.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston
- Discuss Options with your Houston Dentist
Talk to your dentist about what pain you’re experiencing, as well as any additional issues you may be having. Let them know about what drugs you are taking.
Ask about the surgery to remove wisdom teeth to put you at ease about the procedure.
Ask about sedation dentistry. Feeling relaxed during your procedure makes it seem to go by much faster, and allows the dentist to perform a lot of work in a shorter amount of time.
Plan for child or pet care and a ride home for the date of your wisdom teeth removal.
- Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
You will receive some form of anesthesia. At the very least, it will be a local anesthetic to numb the area around the wisdom teeth. It may also include sedation dentistry, such as nitrous oxide gas or IV sedation, to relax you throughout the procedure.
The tooth will be pulled out by a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) and the portion of the gums where the tooth is pulled will heal over time.
If the tooth hasn’t erupted or is difficult to remove, the dentist may have to cut the jaw bone or gums to remove the tooth. Any cuts will heal with stitches.
- Postoperative Care
The anesthesia will wear off within a few hours. Prepare to have a ride home when using sedation dentistry. If you only needed a local anesthetic, you may be able to drive yourself home.
After the surgery, pain is uncommon, but swelling and some discomfort could be present. Take care not to eat hard foods or drink through straws, as these can damage the gums or prolong healing times.