So, you want to have your third molars also known as wisdom teeth extracted. Here is what you can expect, some common reasons why dentists remove wisdom teeth, the benefits of removing your wisdom teeth and the expectations for your recovery. If you have any questions, our doctor will be happy to answer them during your consultation.
You may need to have your wisdom tooth removed for a number of reasons. They may be growing into your mouth and causing problems, or you may be removing them early to prevent future complications. No matter the circumstance, it’s important to understand what wisdom teeth are and why they tend to cause oral health problems if they’re not removed occasionally. The third molars have enough space to grow without posing a threat to the rest of your healthy teeth.
Unfortunately, wisdom teeth usually must be removed to prevent future problems. If wisdom teeth aren’t detected and removed early, they can push your healthy teeth forward and cause crowding in the front of your mouth. They’re deep pockets in the gum tissue that creates a space for bad bacteria to live. This can cause infections or tumors to develop if wisdom teeth aren’t removed early, which can severely impact the healthy teeth and bone.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Early removal of your wisdom teeth can help you avoid these painful complications and the need for additional treatment. If you’re undergoing wisdom teeth extractions, some diagnostic imaging may be necessary to create your treatment plan. Wisdom teeth are often detected underneath the gums before they grow into the mouth, completely making it impossible to determine the best plan for removal. It’s important for your doctor to understand the relationship of your wisdom teeth and the other structures in your mouth such as your healthy teeth, nerves and bone prior to surgery. If you have wisdom teeth in the lower jaw, the nerve that runs along your lower jawbone will be evaluated. It’s imperative to locate the placement of this nerve as damage to it can cause numbness in the jaw area.
Expectations for Your Appointment
We understand that you may be anxious or nervous about undergoing treatment. It is our top priority to make you feel safe, comfortable and well informed before, during and after your surgery. A variety of anesthetic options are available to make your procedure more relaxing and pleasant. Many patients choose to undergo this treatment under IV sedation. This is an ideal option if you’d prefer to be asleep during surgery. During IV sedation, you will drift off into a sleep-like state and wake up when the procedure is over. When you wake up your mouth will be numb and you will not have any pain. Most patients say that the treatment is over before they even knew it started.
Your health history and preferences will be evaluated during your consultation to select the best anesthetic option for you. We will provide you with important preoperative instructions before your surgery date. Adhering to these instructions is critical for your safety. Your wisdom teeth will be carefully removed and sutures will close the empty sockets for healing your numbing medication.
We hope that you have found this article helpful in understanding your upcoming treatment, the benefits of undergoing wisdom teeth removal and the risks associated with your surgery.
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