When is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure, because these “extra” teeth frequently cause problems.
In this blog, the doctors at Dental365 explain when wisdom teeth removal is necessary.
What is wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars, and unlike your other molars, they usually wait until you’re in your teens or early 20s to emerge. In some cases, these teeth need to be removed because they’re causing issues.
What is involved with this procedure?
Your doctor will talk to you about any health problems you have, as well as any medications you take. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you have about your surgery and recovery.
Before your surgery, you’ll also need to arrange for a ride home if necessary and allow for a few days to rest and recover.
You’ll receive anesthesia, so you’ll either be numb or asleep during the procedure. Your doctor will then open the gum tissue that’s over your wisdom tooth. Bone may also need to be removed if it’s blocking access to the tooth’s root. In some cases, the tooth will be separated into sections so it can be removed more easily.
After the tooth and tissue have been removed, the site will be thoroughly cleaned. Stitches will be used to close the surgical site, and cotton gauze pads will be placed to help control the bleeding.
After your surgery, you’ll need to regularly replace your gauze and avoid strenuous activity or lying flat. Don’t drink through a straw or smoke, and you should also skip hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for a few days.
In addition, you’ll be told how to manage your pain with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication.
Your stitches will dissolve on their own in a few days.
When is it necessary?
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed for several different reasons, including the following:
- They’re impacted – Your wisdom teeth may be unable to emerge normally and become trapped (impacted) within your jaw. This can cause an infection or a cyst.
- They’ve emerged only partially – If your wisdom teeth emerge only partially, they’re hard to clean and can attract bacteria that can cause gum disease and infection.
- They don’t have enough room – If your jaw doesn’t have enough room to accommodate your wisdom teeth, they can cause nearby teeth to become misaligned or damaged.
- They may cause cavities and inflamed gums – Wisdom teeth can be hard to clean, and they can cause surrounding tissue to swell. This can create pockets that attract cavity-causing bacteria.
Why choose Dental365 for your wisdom teeth removal?
Our doctors are extremely knowledgeable and have trained at the country’s best dental schools and hospitals. Our experienced specialists – including oral surgeons – are highly qualified to remove your wisdom teeth.
In addition, our multiple offices throughout the New York City metropolitan area make any visit or procedure convenient. We’re open seven days a week with extended weekday business hours.
We make your comfort our priority with amenities including smart TVs equipped with many forms of entertainment, including Netflix and Pandora.
To find out more about wisdom teeth removal and our other services, contact Dental365 or by calling 844.365.DENTAL.