Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Are your wisdom teeth bothering you? When it comes to your teeth you can never be too careful and the fact of the matter is lots of people do not even bother to have their wisdom teeth checked. Dental costs keep on rising and the amount of people that get their yearly checkups keeps going down. Something you have to understand is your teeth can affect your overall health and because of that you have to get your teeth checked as often as you can.

In regards to your wisdom teeth one thing that you have to understand is when they’re not growing the right way then your whole mouth is going to bother you. What lots of people experience is some puffiness on the sides of their mouth and in their cheeks. The problem that you’ll face if your wisdom teeth begin hurting is your mouth will get very stiff and closing it will be practically impossible. This isn’t the greatest problem, the biggest problem is when people simply pop a pain reliever and think they will be OK. You won’t be OK because your mouth will keep on getting puffier and eventually you won’t be able to eat or drink anything.

The most common reason individuals even have their wisdom teeth extracted is because they don’t have adequate room in their mouth for all their teeth and when this happens you have to take things out in order to make your teeth grow the right way. The problem with this is you do not know if your teeth are going to be able to grow right until they’re actually pressing up against your wisdom teeth and the reason is because your teeth can alter their growth pattern very quickly. What you need to be aware of is that wisdom teeth grow in a really steady direction whereas the rest of your teeth can start growing properly and all of the sudden start pushing up against the rest of your teeth. This is not something you’ll be able to see by yourself so you will want to get a dentist to take a look at your teeth and see what’s happening.

Another thing you must understand regarding having your wisdom teeth extracted is that you need to always consult a dentist and see what your choices are and if you actually need to get them removed. What lots of people don’t know is that you don’t always have to have your wisdom teeth extracted, often times people will never need them pulled simply because they never are in the way. If both you and your dentist think you do not need your wisdom teeth extracted then you’ll be one of the lucky ones that can skip this hurtful surgery but if you think it’s time to have them removed then plan wisely. My advice is to plan your surgery on a 3 or 4 day weekend or an extended holiday of some kind and the reason is because it will take you a while to get back to regular health.

A common question that you’ll run into is, how do I get over the fear of getting my wisdom teeth pulled? We often here our Wittooth and Queen Creek patients saying that they’re down-right scared of wisdom teeth removal and would rather deal with the annoying pain than have the procedure. The problem to being afraid of your Wittooth oral surgeon and having the procedure done is that most of those fears are irrational, based on horror stories that you’ve heard from grandparents or read on the internet. The best way to combat fear is to become familiar with the unknown, and in this case that unknown is the wisdom teeth extraction procedure.

Wisdom teeth extractions are the most common oral surgery procedure that your Wittooth oral surgeon or dentist can perform. He probably does an average of one per day, and has the procedure down to an art. The actual act of removing wisdom teeth involves some anesthesia, a skilled hand, and a proper recovery.

The removal of wisdom teeth involves opening up the gum tissue over the tooth and taking out any bone that is covering the tooth. Sometimes the dentist or oral surgeon will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. At the end of the procedure, you will either need a bone graft to replace some of the bone that was removed with the tooth, and you will more than likely need stitches, which will dissolve over time.

Now, that might sound insanely scary and a little painful, but be mindful of the fact that you’ll be either under anesthesia or a very happy patient on laughing gas. Either way, you will feel no pain during the procedure, and probably won’t feel much of anything for a few hours following the procedure. A common fear among those getting their wisdom teeth removed in Wittooth is the amount of blood loss. Many people can’t stand the sight of blood, especially their own, which is why it’s important to follow the oral surgeon’s requirements for a quick recovery. Following your Wittooth oral surgeon’s recovery requirements will also help to ease some of the swelling.

While the process is fairly simple, and in most cases you’ll sleep through it anyways, the recovery process is all in your hands, and the hands of your friends and family. Have someone accompany you to the wisdom teeth removal appointment in order for them to be well aware of the recovery steps, and so that they can give you a ride home. In most cases, the recovery period lasts a few days. Some patients will recover in two days, some in a week. Be prepared to take it easy for as long as it takes.

If swelling is a big concern, use ice packs on the outsides of your cheeks for the first 24 hours. Some patients experience little to no swelling at all, while others will experience more. Speak to your oral surgeon about how impacted your wisdom teeth are and how much swelling your should expect. While there are risks to any surgical procedure, there are very few risks to having your wisdom teeth removed and the positive outcome far outweighs the pain that you will endure if you don’t have the procedure done. If you’re still having fears about wisdom teeth extractions, talk to your Wittooth oral surgeon about those fears.