For some, the idea of visiting a dentist can be worrisome, especially if they need to get their wisdom teeth removed. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Removing your wisdom teeth when it is time can help you avoid future complications that affect your oral health.
The McAllen family dentists of WhiteWing Dental are frequently asked questions regarding wisdom teeth removal and what can be done to treat this concern with a trusted and experienced dentist, and today, they hope to answer these questions in depth to provide you with a little peace of mind.
What are Wisdom Teeth and How Do I Know if I Need Them Removed?
Your wisdom teeth are your third molars that are located within the back of your mouth. They often bloom pretty late compared to your adult teeth, often between the ages of 18 to 25. Normally, most people have three to four wisdom teeth erupt from their jawline, but it is also possible that you may not even grow a set at all.
As stated before, wisdom teeth can cause serious complications within your oral health, such as:
- Impaction: Impaction means that there is no room for your wisdom teeth to grow out, causing them to grow at an abnormal angle and causing major discomfort.
- Damage to surrounding teeth: With impacted wisdom teeth forcefully erupting, they can start pushing towards your second molars. This can cause significant damage between these molars and can make them more vulnerable to developing tooth decay in the future.
- Potential diseases: With very little space to work with between your molars, the odds of bacteria and tooth decay developing are significantly higher. This can put you at a very high risk of developing oral health diseases and inflammations such as cyst and periodontal diseases.
Some of the other noticeable red flags and symptoms you might experience with impacted wisdom teeth may include
- Pain and swelling within the jawline and the face
- Bleeding gums
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Trouble opening your jaw
How Do I Know If I Need Surgery?
In order to determine whether or not surgery might be required, your best option would be to consult with your local dentist, such as the McAllen family dentist of WhiteWing Dental, and have a proper dental examination and cleaning done.
Based on the information that will be gathered from the examination–which may include taking an x-ray–your dentist could be able to diagnose if you have impacted wisdom teeth and if surgery would be required to extract them.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
On the day of your wisdom teeth removal procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will administer one of three types of anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery and, of course, your comfort level:
- Local Anesthesia – Your dentist or oral surgeon will rub a numbing agent to the gums over and around your wisdom teeth in order to inject the site(s) with a local anesthetic. This process will leave you conscious during the whole procedure.
- Sedation Anesthesia – This type of anesthesia is applied through an intravenous line (IV), leaving you in a sleep-like, relaxed, and not-so-unconscious state during the complex procedure. You won’t feel any pain or remember the procedure while under sedation anesthesia.
- General Anesthesia – Like sedation anesthesia, you may be given an IV or a medication that you may have to inhale in order to go through the wisdom teeth removal. These render you completely unconscious during the procedure, and you won’t feel any pain–or even remember–during the procedure. While out, the surgical team will monitor your vital signs, breathing, temperature, and blood pressure to make sure you are okay.
Once you are under, your dentist or oral surgeon will make a small incision at the site of your wisdom tooth (teeth) to expose the problematic tooth and the bone. Some bone may be removed if it blocks access to the wisdom tooth’s root.
From there, the tooth is broken down into smaller pieces as it is easier to remove that way. Then once all of the tooth is removed, the site is cleaned off of any remaining debris, and the wound is stitched closed to promote healing–although in some instances, it may not be needed. Lastly, gauze is placed on the site to control the bleeding and promote the formation of a clot.
Depending on your particular case, our dentists can inform you of what to expect for your wisdom teeth removal.
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
It is always best to plan ahead for this procedure by requesting a few days off from work and having safe, reliable transportation once the procedure is completed. Recovery time can vary depending on the patient, but it usually takes a few days to fully recover.
In order to recover in an adequate manner, it is always best to follow all instructions given by your dentist in regards to eating, brushing your teeth, pain and bleeding management, etc
Anxiety-Free Wisdom Teeth Removal With WhiteWing Dental
While the thought of visiting a dentist might be frightening for some, there is no need to worry as the McAllen family dentist and staff at Whitewing Dental are fully trained and dedicated to providing the smoothest experience possible.
If you have any dental concerns or discomfort, especially from developing or erupting wisdom teeth, reach out to us today. Hesitating to consult with a dentist about it can ultimately lead to unwanted, long-term complications.