Has your dentist recommended that you have your wisdom teeth removed? If you’re feeling nervous about undergoing jaw surgery, you’re not alone. Most people’s wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17-25 and begin to cause problems only resolved if they are removed. Knowing what to expect for this procedure can help ease your anxiety and help you plan for your surgery. You’ll be back to your daily activities in no time!
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth, also known as “third molars”, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. For most people, there is not enough space in their mouth for wisdom teeth. If this is the case, when these teeth begin erupting, they often move diagonally or horizontally and become impacted. Without intervention, they can harm adjacent teeth, cause infection, and lead to other problems. If you visit a dentist routinely, he or she can monitor your wisdom teeth with regular x-rays and help you decide when it’s time to have them removed.
What can I expect on the day of my surgery?
In most cases, you’ll only need a single surgery to remove some or all of your wisdom teeth. This surgery is completed while you are comfortably under sedation. Different levels of sedation exist, so be sure to discuss with your dentist about which option is right for your procedure and anxiety level. When you are comfortable, your dentist will use specialized surgical tools to gently remove your wisdom teeth. This surgery generally takes less than a few hours. Afterward, you can rest in the recovery room as long as necessary before you have someone drive you home.
How can I help accelerate my recovery and healing?
You’ll need to rest for a few days after your wisdom teeth removal. However, there are steps you can take to ensure you have the healthiest recovery. Avoid eating solid foods or brushing your teeth until your dentist says you can. Refrain from strenuous physical activity and do not smoke. To keep the blood clots undisturbed, try not to drink through a straw or spit. You can gently rinse your mouth with salt water for the first few days after surgery.
Schedule your appointment
If you’re not experiencing any pain or swelling around your wisdom teeth or back molars, it’s still a good idea to have a dentist monitor their growth. Schedule an appointment with our local office today and keep your mouth healthy!