Wisdom teeth removal is the most common type of oral surgery. In fact, almost 85% of people have to get their wisdom teeth removed in their lifetime.
So if you’re one of them, there’s no need to worry. Contrary to what their name suggests, they don’t really have any wisdom to impart and you can do just fine without them!
If you’re still apprehensive about the removal process, here’s what you need to know:
Why do you need the surgery?
Other than the obvious reasons, like wisdom teeth causing gum problems and hurting your jaw, there are many other potential reasons that may warrant removal.
For starters, wisdom teeth can damage other, more important teeth. The extra set of molars can push down on your pre-molars and cause oral problems such as inflammation and toothaches.
Moreover, sometimes these teeth don’t completely erupt and remain trapped within the jaw. This can cause cysts and infections to develop in your mouth if the surgery is delayed. In the event that they erupt partially, they create cavities around the gums which can then become home to infections and bacteria.
In short, getting wisdom teeth removal surgery is a wise idea in all of these cases.
Is it Painful?
With proper anesthesia and a skilled dentist, you won’t notice a thing during the removal, other than maybe a light pressure. However, if you do feel a sharp sensation, tell your operating dentist immediately. Whereas the surgery itself is not painful, the aftermath can be — although this varies for every patient. Take the painkillers that are prescribed to you regularly and they’ll take care of the pain and inflammation post-surgery.
Are You too Young/Old for the Surgery?
There’s no particular age limit on the procedure, per se. But it is better to get operated on at a younger age so the healing process is quicker. It also depends on when the problem starts. If you’ve crossed your 40th year and still haven’t had any problems with your wisdom teeth, extraction is probably not necessary. You can go about living your life with your wisdom teeth intact.
Do You Even Have Wisdom Teeth?
Some people don’t have wisdom teeth. This doesn’t mean that they’re any less smart and wise than people who do, they’re just lucky to be saved from the trouble of it all. If you don’t have wisdom teeth, it’s perfectly normal and healthy; you have nothing to worry about, some people just don’t grow them.
Eating can be tricky post-extraction. You’re advised to avoid all strenuous activities, including eating hard foods. Therefore, if you have a wisdom teeth removal scheduled in your near future, stock your fridge with soft foods like pudding, yogurt, applesauce, ice cream, etc.
Find out more about wisdom teeth removal by giving us a call at +1-972-987-4343 or schedule an appointment with Waterfront Smiles Dentistry, Frisco, TX.
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