If you’re between the ages of 17 and 25, your dentist may have discussed wisdom teeth removal with you. Wisdom teeth, generally, are not a cause for long-term concern. Nevertheless, you may have some questions about having them extracted. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about wisdom tooth removal.
A Guide to Wisdom Teeth Extraction
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a third set of four molars. They are the last teeth to emerge, growing on both sides of your upper and lower jaws, usually in your late teens or early 20s. Some people have fewer than four wisdom teeth. Some don’t get them at all.
What are the symptoms?
As these molars erupt, your gums will swell and possibly bleed. You’ll have pain in your lower jaw and may have difficulty opening your mouth. Additionally, you may suffer from headaches, bad breath, and swollen lymph nodes in your neck. Food may taste strange.
Why have them removed?
Wisdom teeth may damage your other teeth, causing decay or misalignment. Swelling and bleeding may lead to infection and disease. If your dentist believes these complications will worsen over time, removal is the recommended course for keeping you comfortable and healthy.
What is surgery like?
Your dentist will help you decide whether local anesthesia or sedation will be used. Either way, you should feel little to no discomfort during the procedure.
What happens during recovery?
Most patients need seven to 10 days to recover after surgery, though some heal sooner. Swelling, which will continue for several days, can be soothed by holding ice to your jaw for 30-minute intervals. Pain medication may be prescribed. Some people may develop dry sockets of exposed bone at the extraction site. Dry sockets are highly sensitive to contact from food, air, or liquid. If you develop the condition, your dentist will apply a medical paste to help it heal.
Pfeiffer Family Dentistry of Fort Thomas, KY, treats all their patients like family. Whether you need wisdom teeth removal, a tooth extraction, or oral surgery, including root canals, they’ll expertly address your dental needs. To learn more about their practice, visit them online, or call (859) 441-1900 to speak with a member of their caring staff.