Is it okay to have your wisdom teeth removed? Won’t it affect your other teeth?
Located at the back of your mouth, wisdom teeth usually erupt in your late teens to early twenties. They are last to come out among all your teeth. Unfortunately, there are cases when there is no longer enough room for them to fit in. This prevents the teeth from erupting properly. In turn, this causes pain, discomfort, and dental issues such as gum swelling.
If you experience pain due to your emerging wisdom teeth, make sure to get in touch with your dentist right away. You may need immediate medical attention depending on the severity of the problem. This is also why dentists recommend that you have your mouth checked if you feel your wisdom teeth are already starting to come through and determine whether or not they are going to cause problems.
Why Wisdom Teeth Extraction May Be Necessary
Wisdom teeth are removed when they’re not helping you chew and are only causing problems. They may be stuck at an angle or impacted. Food debris can get stuck and may be harder to remove. Note, though, that wisdom teeth removal does not affect your smile or appearance, nor does it affect your ability to chew normally.
To determine if you are a candidate for wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist conducts a thorough examination of your mouth first. They will have you undergo a dental x-ray so they can see the condition of your wisdom teeth clearly and identify other potential dental issues.
Removing the Wisdom Teeth
Before the wisdom teeth extraction starts, your dentist administers a local anesthetic first to numb the area. Chances are you’ll feel some pressure as the teeth are removed, but your dentist will ensure that you feel no pain during the process.
The duration of the procedure may vary per case. There are times when it lasts for only a few minutes and sometimes 30 minutes or even longer. If you don’t feel comfortable about getting dental treatments, let your dentist know right away. Apart from the anesthetic, we may suggest sedatives to help you stay relaxed.
You may experience pain after getting your wisdom teeth removed, especially once the anesthetic wears off. Make sure to observe after-care procedures as advised by your dentist. Also, call the dental office right away if the pain persists or has become extreme.
Rundle Dental performs all types of wisdom teeth extraction. Call us today for more information or to make an appointment.