Wisdom teeth are the teeth that always grow last, and they’re usually near the back of the mouth in a spot that can be hard to brush. While there are a few instances that a person might keep their wisdom teeth, in most cases a dentist or orthodontist will recommend removing them. The most common reasons for having wisdom teeth removed are usually because they crowd your current teeth too much, they cause pain within the gums and potentially could cause an infection, or are causing pain in the jawbone. While removing wisdom teeth could be a little painful in the near short-term, it’s often much better than leaving wisdom teeth untreated.
What You Should Do Prior To Wisdom Teeth Removal
Usually the recommendation to remove wisdom teeth will come at a prior appointment you’ll have with us, and during this time we’ll go over the procedure and what you should expect. There are a couple of general things you should be aware of with wisdom teeth removal surgery:
1. Be prepared for the chance you may have to take the rest of the day off
2. Make sure you know what kind of anesthesia you’ll be taking
3. Discuss any medications you take, or any health issues you’ve been diagnosed with
Patient reaction to certain anesthesia can be different, and our staff will be willing to work with you to accommodate your needs. In some cases, you might actually be able to get on with the rest of your day at work or school, but if you’re feeling sleepy or a little weak, you may need to be driven home.
What Will Happen During And After The Surgery
Usually the process of removing your wisdom teeth will involve cutting through gums or possibly even the bone in your mouth, and that’s why it’s important that you have the procedure done by a dentist or oral surgeon who is experienced and highly-reviewed by previous patients. You will generally feel soreness for a day or two after, but otherwise recovery is quick.
The dentist will go over what you should and shouldn’t do after the surgery, but it’s advised to go as easy on your teeth as possible to give your mouth time to recover. Generally, you’ll want to only consume soft foods, take time move your mouth, opening and closing it slowly, and take the medication your dentist prescribes. It’s a good idea not to eat crunchy foods, drink through a straw, or smoke during recovery.
If you’ve noticed any changes in in your bite, any discomfort in your gums, or other issues that feel uncomfortable in your mouth, it may be time to talk to us at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you to come in and have your wisdom teeth examined to determine which steps to take next.
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