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Sometimes these third molars can come in without issue, but other times, they don't erupt properly and open the possibility to further complications. At Stratman Family Dentistry, we keep an eye out for cases like this so we can recommend wisdom teeth removal. If you get your wisdom teeth pulled before they can cause damage to your dental health, you'll be saving yourself from some stress and extra trips to the dentist.
Wisdom teeth extraction isn't necessary for every patient. Here are the most common reasons we would recommend getting wisdom teeth removed:
First things first, we'll take X-rays to determine the exact position of your wisdom teeth to precisely plan the surgery.
To begin the actual wisdom teeth removal procedure, we'll numb the treatment area to ensure you don't feel pain. Our team is here to ensure your complete comfort! We'll access and remove the teeth and then clean the site. The most you might feel is some pressure, but the procedure should not be painful. Once we're done, we'll send you home with some aftercare instructions (like don't use a straw for a few days and stay hydrated), so you can have a speedy recovery.
After your wisdom teeth extraction, you will be prescribed pain medication to alleviate the discomfort you may be feeling immediately following surgery. You will also be given gauze to bite down on to allow a blood clot to form. Consume only soft foods, including jello, ice cream, mashed potatoes, or something similar until you feel comfortable enough to incorporate solid foods back into your diet.
There is no definitive age when you become ineligible for wisdom teeth extraction surgery. Each patient is unique, and the best time to have your wisdom teeth removed is different for everyone. Comprehensive X-rays will show us the position of your teeth and determine the best time for removal.
Ensure you give yourself a few days off of school or work to allow for a comfortable recovery process. You should also fill your fridge with soft foods before your extraction. Additionally, please ensure you have alternative transportation arranged following your wisdom teeth extraction as you will be unable to drive yourself home after the procedure.