A Close Look At Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, are the last set of adult permanent teeth to erupt. For most people, these teeth begin to develop between the ages of 17-25 years old. The development of these teeth is not always easy. They contribute most often to severe tooth pain and emergency dental care visits.
Due to the pain associated with wisdom teeth eruption, removal may be required. But, is extraction always the best option for most or all adult dental patients?
Should You Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
There are those dental professionals who believe that the need to actually extract the tooth is debatable. However, most dentist or oral surgeons agree that if the teeth are not causing a problem then it’s best to keep them in place. Some acceptable reasons for wisdom teeth extraction would be:
- Bad Positioning
Like any other dental procedure, a thorough exam will be conducted by Dr. Marra as part of a comprehensive dental services plan. The dental exam will help determine the best treatment method for each individual’s case.
What is Impacted Wisdom Teeth
So, what does it mean when your wisdom teeth are impacted?
The space in the back of the mouth (upper and lower jaw areas) is pretty tight. It should be no surprise that the eruption process of any teeth in this region of the oral cavity can cause the teeth to press firmly together and cause pain. Wisdom teeth are more susceptible to disease and decay that affect even the other teeth around them.
The majority of people experience problems as a result of impacted wisdom teeth. Complication from wisdom teeth eruption is the reason why 85% of adults have to undergo an extraction. This is the most effective way to treat wisdom teeth issues.
Wisdom Teeth Pulled In Huntersville, NC
Wisdom tooth extraction is a simple outpatient procedure that can be completed by our dentist in Huntersville, NC. We offer care to patients in Cornelius, Davidson and surrounding areas as well.
Before Dr. Marra can make the decision to extract or not extract, patients are subjected to consultation and intraoral examination. During the exam, we’ll take x-rays in order to get a better idea of teeth condition.
The next step is to discuss with you (or your parents for younger patients) your options for treatment. If an extraction is required, the doctor will determine whether local anesthesia or IV sedation is right for you.
Is Anesthesia Necessary
Local or general anesthesia is the most common approach for anesthetic application for pain relief and relaxation. You will be fully awake and even be able to hear the cracking that is involved, which can make you feel somewhat uncomfortable. For those who suffer from dental anxiety or pose a risk, IV sedation can be administered. IV sedation for some individuals may result in a sleeping state, while local anesthetics will numb the extraction site only.
The tooth removal process can be very easy depending on the size and shape of the tooth. In some case though, complications may arise. One of the issues that a dentist will look for is if the root tips have wrapped themselves around the bone. If this has occurred, the procedure can become time-consuming, require sedation and result in a more painful healing process.
Wisdom Teeth Aftercare Instructions
After the tooth extraction is complete there is normally little to no pain involved in the healing process. Just in case you do experience pain you will be prescribed pain medication. Take all medications according to Dr. Marra’s instructions.
Patients who have to undergo IV sedation, you’ll need to bring with you someone who can drive you home. Expect to stay home from work at least 2 to 3 days.
Dr. Marra or one of the staff members at Huntersville Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will go over aftercare instructions with you before you leave the office. These instructions may include;
- Eating soft foods
- Refraining from chewing candies or gums
- Take all medications as prescribed
- Don’t rise mouth vigorously but if you must, use warm water
- If pain or swelling exists, apply a cold compress (ice pack) to the surgical site.
In order for you to have the best chance for proper healing, adhering to the dental care instructions and prohibitions is critical. Not following the doctor’s order could result in painful dry sockets and the need for further dental procedures.