Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed: What To Expect

Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop in the mouth. They usually erupt sometime between when you are 17 years old and when you turn 25. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the removal of wisdom teeth for several years. If these teeth present well, and do not cause an individual pain then there is no reason to have them extracted. However, if they do not come in correctly or cause you a lot of pain, you will have no choice but to get them extracted.

Impaction is not an uncommon problem with the eruption of wisdom teeth. When this happens, most people have to have them extracted by a qualified surgeon, who can quickly and easily cut them away. However, occasionally such a surgeon can pull the tooth or teeth in question. This will all be determined when you set up your initial consultation with your surgeon.

During your initial consult, your surgeon will do an exam and x-rays to determine the status of the tooth. He will then review the results with you and lay out your options for removal. Regardless of whether he intends to cut out or simply pull the tooth you will be giving the option of being completely sedated via an IV or using a local anesthetic. The sedation method has the most popularity, because it allows you to simply go to sleep and have no memory of the procedure. However, if you do opt for a local anesthetic, you should be forewarned that you will know everything that is going on, but will numb so that you do not feel the pain. You will hear all the noises associated with pulling the tooth from the socket, which can be very unsettling for some people.

The process of removal can vary from a simple to a complex procedure depending on how big or small the tooth is, how well preserved the tooth is, and how the tooth is formed. Sometimes the tips of the root can work their way around the bone, this turns the procedure into one that can be very complex and painful. However, once the tooth has been extracted there is usually very little if any swelling. In most cases you will be prescribed something for pain, which you should take as quickly as possible upon arriving home. Don’t forget, if you opted for sedation, someone will need to drive you home, as you will still be groggy from the sedation.

Your dentist will review with you exactly what steps you need to take to insure that your extraction site heals properly before you leave the office. The will normally give you some paperwork to take with you which covers what to expect and insure that you have now problems as you recover. It might be a good idea to have someone with you for the next day or so just to be sure you do alright, and you will have to avoid eating different things for the first couple of days. Once the initial healing phase is passed, be ready for a great change in the way your mouth feels- and your overall health!