You have probably seen the funny videos that go viral on the web of people after they have their wisdom teeth removed. Seeing the effects of the sedation wearing off and their mouths full of bloody gauze is entertaining, but is it something that everyone will have to go through at some point? Do wisdom teeth really need to be pulled?
Fortunately, not everyone will have to get their wisdom teeth extracted. The only reasons a dentist will extract wisdom teeth is when:
How do you know if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
When you visit your dentist for your regular cleanings, he or she will monitor the growth of the wisdom teeth. Typically, annual x-rays will be taken to see how well the teeth are growing into place and give the dentist a good idea about what will need to be done in the future.
You may be able to tell on your own if your wisdom teeth need to be pulled. If you feel excess pressure toward the back of your jaw and/or feel a bump growing behind your last molar, your wisdom teeth are likely getting ready to erupt. If you feel this and haven't been to the dentist recently, make an appointment to be seen soon. It is easier to have wisdom teeth pulled before they erupt fully than it will be later.
What is wisdom tooth extraction like?
In most cases, you will be sedated for the procedure. Your mouth will be numbed as it is during other dental procedures. The dentist will get the wisdom teeth extracted while you sleep, but when you wake up, you could feel a bit of pressure and pain, but nothing too major until all of the medications have worn off.
The day after your procedure, you will not be comfortable at all. You will not be able to eat solid foods, but this pain will recede quickly. A few days of taking antibiotics and pain medications prescribed by your dentist and you will be back to your normal self.
If you are unsure if your wisdom teeth need to be removed or are concerned about the procedure, talk with a dentist, like A Q Denture Services, to get the answers to any questions that you may have.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!