Wisdom teeth form at the back of a person’s mouth any time between the ages of 17 and 25. These are molars and they are often considered for removal for various reasons. Many consider the removal of wisdom teeth to be a somewhat controversial issue because, in general, wisdom teeth are harmless. In most cases they will look and function just like regular molars, causing no issues. However, in some cases, wisdom teeth can cause complications that can cause pain, discomfort, and future medical treatment.
There are different types of complications that can arise from wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common complications associated with these rear molars. When this occurs, the most common and most widely recommended solution is to have the wisdom teeth removed. While pulling them can be an option, they most often need to be removed surgically. For most people, this will require sedation and an oral surgeon. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, a consultation with your dentist should be done, and you will more than likely require surgical removal.
X-rays will often tell the surgeon most of the information required in order to complete the extraction of your wisdom teeth, but you will need to undergo a physical exam of your mouth as well. After a thorough exam, your surgeon can provide you with options for the procedure, and the risks will be explained as well. One of the most significant risks with any surgery is the risk associated with anesthesia. Many patients can choose between sedation and a local anesthetic. The main difference between these two methods involves awareness by the patient of what is happening during the procedure. With a local anesthetic, the patient will not feel any pain but will remain awake during the procedure.
An important consideration for you if you are attempting to make a decision between a local anesthetic and full sedation involves the potential difficulty involved in removing some impacted wisdom teeth. While some can be removed easily, others are stubborn and very difficult for the surgeon to extract because of impaction. An impacted tooth has grown into or around another bone mass in the jaw making the process more difficult and potentially uncomfortable for the patient.
After the surgery is complete, there will typically be swelling and discomfort for a few days. Pain medication is most often prescribed after the surgery and for most people, this will be a necessary component to their recovery. There may even be some swelling after the surgery.
If you are considering the removal of your wisdom teeth, contact us a Spring Cypress Dental today, and our friendly staff of professionals can give you the advice you need to make the best decision for your oral health.