Are you or your child's wisdom teeth giving you trouble? 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.
When Is Wisdom Teeth Extraction Necessary?
Wisdom teeth extraction isn't necessary for every patient. Here are the most common reasons we would recommend getting wisdom teeth removed:
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted — This is when they don't erupt correctly and get stuck in either the bone or gums, which can cause pain or an infection.
- Your wisdom teeth are causing, or will cause, crowding. — If the angle the teeth are coming in isn't right or there isn't enough space in your jaw, it could damage your other teeth or negatively affect their alignment.
- You have gum disease or a high risk of gum disease. — Wisdom teeth can be difficult to properly clean since they're located all the way in the back of the mouth, which could worsen the condition of your gums.
How Does Wisdom Teeth Surgery Work?
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.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQs
What is the post-op care routine like after wisdom tooth extraction?
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.
When am I too old for my wisdom teeth to need to be extracted?
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.
How should I prepare for my wisdom teeth extraction?
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.