Your wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars that you get. For many people, these teeth erupt through the gums during the ages of 17 and 25 years old, although some individuals don’t get them at all.
Wisdom Teeth Complications
For some people, wisdom teeth break through the gums without causing any problems. Other people do experience problems with their wisdom teeth, resulting in the need for removal. Wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means that they are unable to get through the gums or there is not enough room for them to get fully through them. This can lead to infections, pain and other issues, such as damage to nearby teeth, cysts, and gum disease.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist will recommend having them taken out. This helps lower your chance of ending up with a severe infection or other dental problems. Keep in mind that you might need all of your wisdom teeth removed or only one or two removed, depending on how they develop.
Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth sometimes come in at an angle or remain trapped inside your gums, leading to irritation. You should keep in mind that impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause noticeable symptoms. Seeing your dentist to have X-rays done and have your wisdom teeth physically examined is the most effective way to know whether or not you need to have them removed.
What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out, your dentist will use local or general anesthesia, depending on how many wisdom teeth are being removed. This helps ensure that you won’t experience any pain while the procedure is done. During wisdom teeth removal, your dentist will do the following:
- Cut into the gum tissue to access your wisdom tooth
- Divide the wisdom tooth up, which makes it less complicated to remove overall
- Take the tooth sections out of your mouth
- Clear away any debris that is left behind and clean the area thoroughly
- Stitch the incisions if needed for proper healing
- Cover the area with gauze to manage bleeding that occurs
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
After your wisdom teeth have been taken out, you can expect to have some bleeding occur until a blood clot forms. You might also have pain and discomfort, along with some swelling. Your dentist will discuss aftercare instructions with you to ensure that the blood clot does not dislodge, which interferes with the healing process. You might need to avoid eating hard foods at first, and you’ll also need to make sure that you keep your mouth clean. If you need to have stitches removed, your dentist will have you come back in for a follow-up appointment.
If you need your wisdom teeth to be removed, make an appointment today with Central Avenue Dental of Manhattan and Valley Stream, NY. We offer a full range of quality dental services delivered with personalized care.