Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are always the last ones to grow but they can also be problematic. There are many cases when a tooth is impacted and will need to be removed through wisdom teeth removal surgery.
Impacted only means that the tooth did not fully come out of the gum area and have a flap of gum tissue over it.
How is wisdom teeth removal done? The dentist or surgeon first injects a local anesthesia to the area and then cut through the gums and check and clean if there are any debris or bone in the area. Once cleaned,the doctor can then start to remove the teeth or tooth. When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, there are really only two ways to do it. Either the doctor removes it whole or cuts the tooth into pieces so that it’s easier to remove.
If your teeth grew sideways, the dentist will need to cut it. Once the wisdom teeth removal is done, the area will be stitched using a degradable stitch or a stitch that needs to be removed after a few days.
The thing about your teeth surgically removed is that care must be taken in order to recover fast. If you’re a smoker, you should stop smoking for a few days in order to fully recover. Smoking does lower blood supply to the area, thus making it more prone to infection.
In order to shorten the bleeding, do not lie flat. Instead, stack some pillows and put your head on them when you sleep. Putting an ice pack on your cheeks during the first day after dental surgery will help with the pain. Avoid any strenuous activity after surgery because it increases the bleeding. Relax and let your body heal.
When it comes to food, only soft food and gradually add solid food as you heal. Avoid using a straw when you drink because sucking actually loosens a blood clot and causes a delay in the healing.
If you’re feeling any pain in the area where the tooth was extracted, dissolve a pinch of salt in warm water and rinse with it several times a day, especially during the first day. If this doesn’t help, take some painkillers.
Wisdom teeth problems usually happen between people who are 15 to 25 years old, the age when wisdom teeth is still growing. They happen usually because the jaws cannot accommodate the growth of your wisdom teeth.
If you’re having problems with your wisdom teeth, you should have it checked right away to prevent further problems like cysts and damage to your other teeth. Be prepared, however, because pulling out of the wisdom teeth usually isn’t covered by dental health insurance companies. You may need to pay for the procedure from out of your own pocket.
Don’t worry, however, because it usually isn’t expensive, unless if you’re having all of your wisdom teeth removed all at the same time (which we don’t recommend unless if your dentists recommends it). Contact us right away for your appointment.