Are you experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth and wondering if it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed? Maybe you’re curious about the whole process, including recovery time and cost. Well, fear not! We’ve got you covered with all the information you need to know about removing those pesky molars. Keep reading to find out if it’s really necessary to remove your wisdom teeth, what happens during the procedure, and what kind of aftercare is required.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. They are called wisdom teeth because they typically come in around the time when people are considered to be more mature or “wiser” than when they were younger. While some people never have any problems with their wisdom teeth and they erupt into the mouth without issue, for others, wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain and other problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth are those that do not have enough room to come in properly and become stuck, or impacted, in the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain as well as other problems like infection, damage to nearby teeth, and cysts. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist or oral surgeon will likely recommend having them removed.
Even if your wisdom teeth come in without being impacted, there is a chance that they could still cause problems down the road. Wisdom teeth that are aligned correctly may still crowd other teeth and cause alignment issues. Additionally, because wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth, they can be difficult to keep clean which puts you at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. For these reasons, many dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed even if they’re not causing any immediate problems.
If you’re considering having your wisdom teeth removed, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about what’s best for you.
When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom teeth usually need to be removed when they first start to come in. This is because wisdom teeth can crowd other teeth and cause problems with your bite. If wisdom teeth are not removed, they may eventually become impacted (stuck) and hard to clean. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to recommend the best time to remove your wisdom teeth. In general, it is recommended that wisdom teeth be removed between the ages of 17 and 25.
How is the wisdom tooth removal procedure performed?
The wisdom tooth removal procedure is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon. They will numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia and then make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth. The tooth is then removed with forceps and any remaining bone is smoothed out. The wound is then closed with stitches and gauze is placed over it. In some cases, an IV sedative or general anesthesia may be used during the procedure.
At Naba Dental, we specialize in wisdom teeth extraction! We offer gentle and safe procedures to ensure that our patients have a comfortable experience. If you’ve been feeling any pain or discomfort in your mouth, it could be time to get your wisdom teeth checked out. Our experienced team of dentists can help you decide if extraction is the right option for you. Schedule your appointment today and be sure to ask about our wisdom tooth removal services!
When do wisdom teeth come in?
Wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21. However, they may not always cause problems. If your wisdom teeth are coming in straight and not crowding other teeth, you may not need to have them removed. Wisdom teeth that are misaligned or only partially erupted are more likely to require removal. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth.
It is important to consult with your dentist or oral surgeon to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Why do some people need to remove their wisdom teeth?
There are a few reasons why some people need to remove their wisdom teeth. The most common reason is that there isn’t enough room in the mouth for them. Wisdom teeth can crowd other teeth and cause problems with chewing or speaking. They can also cause pain or damage other teeth.
Another reason to remove wisdom teeth is if they’re not growing in properly. They may grow in at an angle or only partway through the gum. This can lead to pain, infection, or damage to nearby teeth. Wisdom teeth that don’t grow in properly are also more likely to get cavities.
Wisdom teeth sometimes need to be removed because they’re already damaged. This could be from decay, an injury, or gum disease. If one of your wisdom teeth is damaged, it’s important to have it checked by a dentist so they can determine if it needs to be removed.
How to care for your mouth after wisdom tooth removal
It is important to take care of your mouth after having wisdom teeth removed. This includes brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Eating soft foods and avoiding hot drinks will help you heal.
You should also avoid using straws and chewing gum as this may cause the wound to open. You should also use a cold compress on your face for the first 24-48 hours following the extraction, and take any medications prescribed by your dentist. It’s important to follow up with your dentist after having wisdom teeth removed, so they can monitor your healing process!