Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can be a real pain, literally. In most cases, it may be necessary to have them removed. When facing this type of procedure, it’s likely that you will have a number of questions. Having an extraction done is a procedure that often fills patients with dread. A dentist will work to help in answering your questions so that you know what to expect from the procedure. They will work with you to help you feel as comfortable and knowledgeable about the process as possible before the extraction occurs. 

What are wisdom teeth?

As you age, your mouth will undergo a number of changes. As a child and adolescent, you will lose your baby teeth and your adult teeth will begin to grow in. During this process, it’s natural that your teeth will shift to make room for the adult teeth that are growing in. Between the ages of 17-21, your wisdom teeth or third molars will begin to grow in. As wisdom teeth grow in, it’s not uncommon to experience some discomfort. This is one reason it’s so important to receive dental care so they can monitor third molars to determine whether they should be extracted when the time comes.  

What are common signs that wisdom teeth may be growing in?

It’s important that you consult with a dentist should you begin to suspect that your wisdom teeth are growing in. They can help to treat your symptoms and determine if they require extraction. Signs your wisdom teeth may be growing in may include:

  • Throbbing in the back of your mouth
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Headaches and pressure

During regular visits to your dentist, your wisdom teeth will be routinely checked to determine the most appropriate time to have them extracted. 

Is it absolutely necessary to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Most dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed. This is often a preventative measure taken so that patients do not experience the problems they may face if they were to retain their wisdom teeth. By not removing wisdom teeth you could have problems in other areas of the mouth. Not only could your teeth be impacted, as you age, extracting teeth can be more difficult. 

How long will it take to recover after having wisdom teeth removed?

Recovery can vary, however, in most cases patients can expect to be feeling like themselves after a week. It’s important that you give yourself time to rest and recover, eating only soft foods, avoiding strenuous activity, and carefully following instructions from your dentist. 

Can there be complications from an extraction?

After having wisdom teeth removed, it’s important to carefully follow aftercare instructions from your dentist. The most prevalent complication a patient may experience is dry socket. This is when a blood clot does not form or becomes dislodged. Without the presence of a blood clot, the process of healing can take much longer. Dry socket can be incredibly painful and requires treatment from a dentist. However, by following aftercare instructions after your extraction, you can mitigate the risk of this complication. 

Although you may be struggling to come to terms with the fact that you must undergo this procedure, a dentist can help you undergo this process. If you are experiencing a sense of dread with the process, be sure to talk to a dentist so that they can help to put your mind at ease. 

 

Resources:

Wikipedia, Dental Care

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