What Are Wisdom Teeth?
These are normally the last set of molars to come in. Found in the back corners of your mouth, wisdom teeth usually come in during your late teens to early twenties.
In many cases, people won’t ever notice they’ve appeared. This means that they’ve developed correctly and are supporting the alignment of your teeth.
Sometimes they develop horizontally, or even at an angle. This can be damaging to the nerves, jawbone, and the rest of your teeth.
Crooked wisdom teeth overcrowd the back of your mouth. Their hard-to-reach position makes it difficult to brush and floss normally. They may also be impacted, meaning they’re exposed to bacteria. This makes it much more likely for you to experience tartar and plaque and, therefore, cavities and tooth decay.
Symptoms to Look Out For
With misaligned wisdom teeth, you might notice symptoms such as:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath/foul taste in your mouth
- Painful or swollen jaw
- Pain when opening your mouth
Experiencing these symptoms? You might have to have yours removed. Schedule an appointment with our office today for expert care.
As mentioned above, symptoms are the most common way to detect the need for wisdom teeth removal. Your dentist can also notice issues during semi-annual visits.
After evaluation, our office will determine if this procedure is necessary. We’ll consider factors such as alignment, symptoms, and X-ray results.
You might not have to have all four removed. However, your dentist might recommend this to avoid the need for future procedures.
Before extraction, you’ll receive a local anesthetic that numbs the tooth and surrounding tissue. You might also receive sedation to ease anxiety.
After the Procedure
After your surgeon completes the extraction, a dentist will prevent infection by cleaning the area. This also ensures a speedy recovery.
In most cases, extractions are outpatient procedures, meaning you’ll be able to go home the same day. You will probably experience pain and feel loopy if you received sedation.
Usually, recovery will take a few days. It is normal to experience facial numbness and swelling. To combat this, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics and pain medication. They will also recommend that you only eat soft foods.
You should brush your teeth during recovery, but avoid brushing the treated area at first. As it starts to heal, you can gently go over it with your brush. To further avoid irritation, avoid commercial mouthwashes.
Contact Us Today
It’s important to address misaligned wisdom teeth sooner rather than later. If you believe you need your wisdom teeth removed, prevent future complications by scheduling your appointment with us today.