Approximately 85 percent of people get their wisdom teeth pulled at some point in life. If your dentist has recommended this procedure for you, you may have a number of questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about wisdom teeth removal.
When Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Many people get their wisdom teeth removed as soon as they erupt, and that can be roughly anytime between the ages of 14 and 24. Others opt for wisdom teeth removal if they are having issues such as major cavities in these teeth, gums growing over the teeth, or impacted wisdom teeth. This can happen before the teeth have erupted when the patient is quite young, but it can also happen well into a person’s adulthood.
Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal So Important?
In a lot of cases, people simply don’t have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth. If the jaw bone doesn’t have space for all 32 teeth, the wisdom teeth can’t erupt and they become impacted which can be painful in some situations.
As indicated above, some people have these teeth removed if their gums are growing over the teeth or if they have cavities. In both of these cases, removing the teeth can help to eliminate pain and prevent the spread of decay. In other cases, people need to have their wisdom teeth removed because they are crooked and causing issues with their bite. Finally, in rare cases, liquid-filled cysts can form around the teeth and potentially lead to tumors if they are not removed.
How Do You Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
When preparing for wisdom teeth removal, the most important step is deciding on pain management. You can get your wisdom teeth removed with just local anesthesia, but as this is a fairly intense procedure, you may want to use general anesthesia, use oral sedation, or at least have some nitrous oxide during the procedure.
Depending on the pain relief option you plan to use, you may need to arrange for a ride home after your appointment. You’ll need to take the rest of the day off from work or school, and you may even want to carve out a few days where you can just focus on your recovery.
What Is the Recovery for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Typically, there is a small amount of bleeding after the procedure. If it persists longer than an hour, contact your dentist for instructions. You will also experience swelling and feel soreness in your mouth for a few days after the procedure. You can use ice to reduce swelling and to handle some of the pain. To dull the pain, many Loganville dentists prescribe an oral painkiller. To avoid infections, you may also need to take a round of antibiotics.
Solid foods will not be allowed for a few days to prevent infection. Stock up on easy-to-eat treats such as ice cream, smoothie ingredients, and soup.
Ready to schedule your wisdom teeth removal? Then, contact Walton Center for Family Dentistry today. We offer wisdom teeth removal as well as general dental care and many other procedures. We are conveniently located in Loganville, Georgia.