Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth, usually between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four. Unfortunately, most people do not have adequate space in their jaws for wisdom teeth to emerge fully and become fully functional. When these teeth attempt to emerge, they may only be able to partially break through the gums, causing pain and misalignment to the rest of the smile. For these patients, the team at Truxel Dental, may recommend wisdom tooth removal to reposition the teeth and restore oral health.
The Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
After administering local anesthesia, the teeth are removed one at a time. Once the procedure is complete, gauze is placed over the extraction site to reduce bleeding and protect the area until healing occurs. Patients may experience swelling, pain, and discomfort after the procedure, though this will subside after a few days of rest and recovery. During this time, patients should avoid drinking from a straw or rinsing their mouth vigorously, as this can dislodge the clot that has formed in the socket and prevent proper healing. If necessary, food and water are permitted within a few hours of the procedure.
The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
First, it’s easier on your body to prevent serious oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. When you don’t have room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to come in correctly, the neighboring teeth can shift out of alignment, causing crowding or gaps between your teeth. If this does occur, you might need to have the tooth pulled to avoid future problems. If the wisdom teeth come in correctly aligned, no issues should occur, and removal may not be required. However, as each patient is unique, your dentist can examine your oral structures to determine if a wisdom tooth extraction is necessary or not. Crowding can lead to more plaque accumulation on the teeth, increasing the risk of decay and periodontal disease.
Another reason for removing your wisdom teeth is if they become impacted or cause pain. If they are partially erupted and causing discomfort or soreness, it is best to have them extracted to prevent the worsening of symptoms. Impacted teeth are commonly caused by a lack of space in the jaw. Removing them can help alleviate these painful symptoms and allow the patient to function normally without issues.
If your wisdom tooth has erupted but is causing you pain or discomfort, it’s best to have it removed before the problem gets worse. Get in touch with Truxel Dental at 3880 Truxel Rd Suite #600, Sacramento, CA 95834 or call (916) 333-2700 to schedule an appointment.