Chances are, you know someone who has had their wisdom teeth removed. It’s a common procedure, but why? What is it about wisdom teeth that makes them so troublesome? Do you automatically have to get your wisdom teeth removed?
At Texas Dental Group, we routinely conduct wisdom teeth removals in our Spring, TX office. Your health and happiness are our top priorities. If we find that your wisdom teeth are becoming a problem, we will remove them to prevent future issues. Keep reading to learn more about your wisdom teeth and the deciding factors when it comes to having them removed.
Potential Problems With Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come, usually sometime after your 17th birthday. It is believed that centuries ago, our ancestors benefited from wisdom teeth because of the need to chew and grind plant tissue. But our diets today consist of softer, more easily digested foods that don’t require wisdom teeth to break down.
Unless you or your child is one of the lucky ones, your wisdom teeth will become a source of potential problems. Wisdom teeth can emerge misaligned or position themselves horizontally. Misaligned wisdom teeth can cause crowding or damage to the rest of your teeth, your nerves, or your jawbone. Wisdom teeth that are slanted toward your second molars cause those molars to become more susceptible to decay by creating a trap for plaque and bacteria.
Your wisdom teeth may also become stuck inside your soft tissue and/or your jawbone, or only partially erupt through your gum. If this happens it means your wisdom teeth are impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth create an opening where bacteria can get in and surround the tooth, causing an infection. That infection leads to swelling, pain, jaw stiffness, and overall illness. Impacted wisdom teeth are also more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease because they’re much harder to clean and keep clean.
To find out exactly what’s wrong with your wisdom teeth, we will likely take an X-ray.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
A consultation is the first step in wisdom teeth removal. When you visit our office, we will take a look at your mouth and X-rays to get a better idea of how your wisdom teeth are positioned. Once we fully understand the position of your wisdom teeth and the symptoms you’re experiencing, we will come up with a treatment plan that’s just right for you.
Removing your wisdom teeth is a relatively simple procedure that won’t require you to miss more than one day of work or school. We offer dental sedation to ensure you’re completely comfortable and don’t experience any pain. In fact, you may experience pain relief once we remove the wisdom teeth that have been causing you discomfort.
Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Removal
Because we use sedation for wisdom tooth removal, you’ll need someone to drive you home from your appointment. We’ll make sure you’re prepared regarding recovery before leaving our office, but in general it’s a good idea to avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, or chewing food during the period right after your procedure.
During the first 24 hours after your surgery, you may experience some bleeding. You can control the bleeding by placing clean, moist gauze over the area and biting down. Avoid rinsing or spitting for the first 24 hours. You’ll also want to avoid hot liquids.
You will likely experience some degree of facial swelling. To minimize swelling, gently place a cold pack on the area for 10 minutes. Remove the cold pack for 20 minutes, then repeat as needed. If prescribed by us before leaving our office, you can take pain medicine and antibiotics.
You’ll want to stick to a diet consisting of soft foods for a few days to allow the area to heal. You can still brush and floss your teeth, just be careful to avoid the area near your wisdom teeth for the first 24 hours. Avoid using mouthwash until the area has completely healed.
Learn More Today
For more information about wisdom tooth removal, call Texas Dental Group in Spring TX at (832) 791-1706 or contact us online. Remember, you’re in good hands with us! We look forward to hearing from you.