Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to emerge in your mouth. They typically make their grand appearance between the ages of 17 and 25. While some lucky individuals may have healthy wisdom teeth that fit perfectly in their mouths, many others experience problems with these late bloomers.
The right time to remove wisdom teeth depends on various factors. One common reason for removal is when there isn't enough space in the mouth to accommodate them properly. This can lead to impacted wisdom teeth, which means they don't fully erupt through the gums and become trapped beneath the surface. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a range of issues, including pain, swelling, infection, damage to nearby teeth, and even cysts or tumors. In some cases, dentists may recommend proactive removal even before these problems occur.
Additionally, if your dentist notices signs of decay or gum disease around your wisdom teeth during routine check-ups or X-rays, removal might be necessary to prevent further complications down the road.
When it comes to our oral health, wisdom teeth can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth. These third molars, which typically emerge in our late teens or early twenties, often cause a range of problems that require their removal.
During the wisdom teeth removal procedure, you will be given anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience. The type of anesthesia used will depend on various factors, including your preference and the complexity of the extraction. Some options include local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, or general anesthesia.
Once you are comfortably numb or asleep, the oral surgeon will begin by making an incision in your gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. In some cases, a small amount of bone may need to be removed as well. The tooth may then be divided into sections for easier removal. After the tooth has been extracted successfully, stitches may be placed if necessary. These dissolvable sutures typically do not require removal and will naturally dissolve within a few days.
Following surgery, it is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort. Your oral surgeon may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any post-operative pain. In order to promote healing and minimize complications during recovery, it's important to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your oral surgeon closely. This includes gently rinsing with warm saltwater solution multiple times a day and avoiding strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after surgery.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule a consultation with our dentist at our practice located at 2711 S Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014, call H&M Family Dentistry at (303) 353-9611. We will be happy to assist you further.