One notable development in your mouth is the growth of your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth appear last among your set of pearly whites, hence it’s possible there may no longer be enough space to accommodate them. X-rays are necessary to determine their exact location and position.
Misaligned wisdom teeth may damage adjacent teeth. Impacted or trapped wisdom teeth, on the other hand, may cause bacteria to seep through the opening. This can lead to swelling, infection, or pain.
A wisdom tooth that has only partially erupted is also more difficult to clean because of its location and position. Food may also get trapped and allow bacteria to develop.
When to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Your dentist is likely to recommend having your wisdom teeth removed if they’re already causing problems such as pain and discomfort, infection, and gum disease among others.
The tooth extraction procedure depends on the position of the wisdom tooth. It will be easier to remove the tooth if it has fully erupted. If it is trapped, gum incision will have to be done to eliminate a portion of the bone on top of the tooth.
What to Expect During the Tooth Extraction
Your dentist will be using a local anesthetic and sedation to help ease your anxiety. You and your dentist will decide which course of action to take.
Depending on the type of sedative that will be used for the procedure, you may have to bring someone with you to take you to the clinic and back to your home.
What Happens After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Your recovery period may last depending on the ease or difficulty of the extraction. Overall, recovery should be faster for easy cases, such as for wisdom tooth that has fully erupted.
Expect to see bleeding after having your tooth removed. Control it by biting down on a piece of gauze applied over the area. You may also notice swelling. Applying ice on your face should help minimize this.
You also need to avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth for 24 hours. To help manage pain, your dentist may also recommend medications. For your food, you will have to settle for a soft or liquid diet for the meantime.
Your dental team will provide you further aftercare instructions to ensure your smooth recovery.
What Happens Should You Decide to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
Should you keep your wisdom teeth, you need to be proactive in monitoring them. Look out for potential issues. Always brush and floss around your wisdom teeth too. Keeping up with your dentist appointments will also help keep your oral health in check.
Have More Questions About Your Wisdom Tooth?
Contact us at Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes. Better yet, schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists. We’ll be more than happy to talk to you more about your wisdom teeth.