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Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most popular oral surgeries performed today. For most, it is commonly the first oral surgery that they will undergo. Because wisdom tooth extraction is almost always performed as an outpatient procedure, the patient will be going home the same day. As with any significant procedure, there are some good steps to take before the surgery to ensure that everything goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
Getting wisdom teeth removed seems almost like a routine procedure these days. Many parents get their kids’ wisdom teeth removed before sending them off to college, and it feels just like a common shared experience among the recent generations. This modern-day rite of passage isn’t a new invention, though: wisdom teeth have always caused complications for patients of all ages. So what exactly are the details behind this seemingly “necessary” surgery?
First of all, what exactly are wisdom teeth? They are the teeth that are farthest away from the dental arch and as a result come in last, if they ever come out, or erupt, at all. Typically, people start noticing them between the ages of 17-25.
So what’s the problem? Well, few people have the perfect jaw structure and space for wisdom teeth to erupt cleanly and harmlessly. Typically what we see is that only a part of the wisdom tooth will peek out, or it will be impacted (see image) and put pressure on surrounding teeth, which can result in pain or shifting. Without the whole tooth erupting, it is difficult to keep the tooth clean. Bacteria and plaque can easily get into the crevices and between the gums and the teeth, resulting in infection or cavities. The point of extraction, then, is to remove these teeth before or as soon as they start having problems, and because it’s so likely that wisdom teeth will cause complications, many patients often opt to remove them.
What happens if I keep them? Dental cleaning is absolutely critical for those who decide to keep them in. Make sure you reach back there every time you brush your teeth and get dental cleanings and X-rays often to make sure your wisdom teeth and the surrounding areas are healthy. This task is easy if your wisdom teeth fully erupt.
WE ARE OFTEN ASKED questions about wisdom tooth extraction and how to best care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. As your trusted dental practice, we’re here to calm your fears and address your concerns!
There are several reasons why people may need to get their wisdom teeth removed. Here are some things you can do after the procedure to facilitate healing:
After wisdom teeth removal, preventing dry socket is important. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the bones and nerves underneath. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. This condition can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken after tooth extraction.
Our job is to make the healing process easy and comfortable for you. Call us or set up an appointment if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to discuss your options! Contact Tadros Dental today.