Wisdom teeth are the third molars that usually come in when people reach their late teens or early twenties. They can broaden your smile and help you to chew a little better, but in most cases, they cause more trouble than they do good.
The most common problems that occur with wisdom teeth is that they become infected. This occurs because it’s hard to reach them to clean them appropriately. Impaction sometimes occurs when your mouth is not quite spacious enough to accommodate the newly emerging wisdom teeth. Your dentist may recommend a wisdom teeth extraction in such a situation.
The Risks of Keeping Wisdom Teeth
Dentists rarely recommend keeping wisdom teeth. You will almost never see them recommending fillings or root canals for such teeth either. The reason is that they often cause more problems than good, and it’s been proven many times that people can function without them. Trying to preserve them can lead to issues such as decay, health issues and disruption of the neighboring teeth. A wisdom teeth removal is a one-time procedure that can resolve many issues that impacted teeth cause.
About the Procedure
If you opt to let a dentist remove wisdom teeth for you, you will need to know a few things about the procedure. First, it’s not exactly like other extractions. It’s much more involved because it affects your jaw and requires precision and patience from the dentist.
Additionally, your dentist may have to cut your gums to get at your impacted teeth. The procedure is complex, so it will require you to take some precautions. You may be allowed to stay home from work up to 48 hours after you have it done because it’s so involved.
Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your dentist may use general anesthesia to sedate you during the procedure. General anesthesia can cause an upset stomach, or postoperative nausea, so you may want to fast the night before the procedure.
You may also want to ask a close friend or family member to come with you for moral support and to be the driver if you are sedated during surgery.
Finally, if you are nervous about the procedure, you can bring something like a stress ball or fidget toy that you can play around with until it’s time to get the work done.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you are having issues with your wisdom teeth, and you live in North York or surrounding area, DentalX can assist you. You can schedule an initial X-ray and oral examination to access your condition. Our caring team of dental professionals want to help you eliminate any pain associated with your wisdom teeth.