Many people between the ages of 17 and 25 are told that they need to have a wisdom tooth extraction. Performing this procedure is often a must if you want to avoid unnecessary pain and dental damage. At Legacy Trails Dental of Plano, our helpful dentists will explain each step of the extraction process so that you won’t have anything to worry about. Set up a consultation with us today if you have concerns about your wisdom teeth.
You’re probably already familiar with the term “wisdom teeth”, but what does it actually refer to? Quite simply, it’s the name for the third set of molars that usually erupt during the late teens or early twenties – long after all of your other teeth have already come in. While it’s common to have a full set of four wisdom teeth, there are plenty of people who have less than that, and in rare cases, there might not be any wisdom teeth in the mouth at all.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes cause a number of problems when they try to erupt, such as:
Since wisdom teeth aren’t actually needed for a healthy smile, it’s best to have them removed if they’re causing any oral health complications. (That said, there are circumstances where keeping your wisdom teeth might be possible; we can advise you on the best course of action after a thorough examination.)
Like regular teeth, wisdom teeth can be removed with either a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. A simple extraction involves loosening a tooth that has completely emerged from the gums. Meanwhile, a surgical extraction requires that the gums be opened so that an impacted tooth can be taken out. Sedation can be used for both types of extractions if you’re feeling nervous or have anxiety when it comes to treatments involving the teeth.
A blood clot will form over the area where the wisdom tooth was removed; we’ll give you instructions for keeping it safe, such as avoiding drinking through straws. You should refrain from any kind of strenuous exercise for at least a week. It’s also best not to eat any hard or crunchy foods during your recovery.
Applying pressure with gauze can help if there’s any bleeding. Also, to minimize swelling, you should sleep with your head propped up.
You should be able to control your discomfort with medication, but if it becomes severe or if unexpected side effects occur, please get in touch with us as soon as you can.