Getting your wisdom teeth removed can be nerve-racking. That is why knowing what to expect when getting your wisdom teeth removed can help calm those nerves. This blog will go over what to expect during the procedure.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt in the back of your mouth. 85% of people have to have their wisdom teeth removed throughout their lifetime. Wisdom teeth usually come out between the ages of 17-25.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
First of all, why should wisdom teeth be removed? Well, there are a few reasons in which they must be removed. The reasons include:
- Your mouth is not big enough -Your jaw is not big enough to handle an extra set of molars. Simply put, there is no room.
- The tooth’s angle is abnormal – The angle could be pointed in a weird position and press against your other teeth.
- They could be impacted – They would be so far back that they can get trapped in your jawbone or gums, causing immense pain.
- You have gum disease or cavities – It could be hard to reach your wisdom teeth while brushing, so it can result in gum disease or cavities.
Now that you understand why you need your wisdom teeth removed, the first thing you’ll do before surgery is meet with your oral surgeon. The surgeon will go over the process and ask you a few questions about your overall health. They will ask you if you take any drugs on a regular basis then discuss what type of anesthesia you will have. You can either be asleep or numb during the procedure.
The surgery will last about 45 minutes. At Dental Arts, we specialize in using local anesthesia. With local, your mouth will be numbed with a shot of local anesthetics, such as mepivicaine or lidocaine. You may also breathe laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, to relax during the surgery.
The surgeon might cut part of your gums or bone to be able to reach the tooth. So you would get stitched so that the wound closes up. The surgeon may also stuff gauze pads to absorb some of the blood.
Reactions to anesthesia vary from person to person. Some people may feel alert and be able to drive home and continue their everyday activities. However, some still feel drowsy and will need someone to drive them home. Reactions vary, which is why it is recommended to have someone ready to pick you up just in case.
You will most likely have swelling and feel some discomfort for a couple of days. It could take a few weeks for your mouth to fully wholly heal. But as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions, you will recover more quickly.
Tips for Recovery
Here are a few tips for recovery for the first couple of days after surgery:
- Use an ice pack for swelling and changes in skin color
- Exercise your mouth by gently opening and closing it
- Eat soft foods like soup, applesauce, and ice cream
- Drink plenty of fluids, stay hydrated
- Don’t brush your teeth until the second day
- Take your prescribed medicine to relieve pain
- Don’t drink through a straw
- Don’t eat hard, crunchy food that could scratch
- Don’t smoke; it delays your healing
- Call your doctor if you get a fever or your swelling and pain doesn’t come down
Now that you have an understanding of the procedure and know what to expect about removing your wisdom teeth, you will be able to get better prepared mentally and physically for the procedure. For any questions or to book an appointment, please call our Dental Arts San Diego office at (619) 444-1001 or visit our website at https://dentalartssandiego.com/. We are located at 707 ARNELE AVENUE, EL CAJON, CA 92020