With school just starting, the last thing you want to worry about is dental pain. One thing that can really distract you from focusing on your studies is excruciating mouth pain from your wisdom teeth erupting.
Why suffer from that discomfort and put yourself at risk of potentially developing health risks when you could simply have them removed? Your dentist in Evansville can perform painless and ultimately helpful wisdom teeth extractions to benefit your overall health. If you’re thinking about this procedure, you may have a few questions.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Your wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to break through into your smile. Although many say that you should remove them regardless to prevent bad dental hygiene habits, some patients prefer to keep all of their natural teeth. But, there are certain consequences that could come from not removing your wisdom teeth—especially if they’re causing you pain:
- Your jaw may not be large enough and your wisdom teeth will become impacted (stuck underneath your gums).
- Infections, damage to other teeth, or cysts may form from impacted teeth.
- Your wisdom teeth may only partially come in and leave a flap of gum tissue that allows food and bacteria to infect your mouth.
- Your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle and cause your bite to change.
- They can cause your teeth to crowd and shift.
What’s it like to have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Removing a wisdom tooth is relatively simple. Your dentist will begin with:
- Numbing the area with a local anesthetic and possibly a general anesthetic (to numb the rest of the body) if multiple teeth are being removed.
- Access the wisdom teeth by carefully opening the gum tissue.
- Remove the tooth in the safest, easiest way possible. Sometimes that means removing it in small bits to reduce bleeding and trauma to the area.
- Stitch affected area and prescribe you the appropriate pain medication to assist in your recovery period.
How is the recovery period from oral surgery?
In most cases, the recovery period only lasts a few days. Ultimately, your dentist wants you to have a quick, effective recovery timeframe. These helpful tips should have you feeling better in no time—especially with the help of your prescribed pain medication:
- Keep fresh gauze and pads on the affected area, changing them out as they become too saturated in blood and saliva.
- Use an ice pack on the side of your cheek every 15-20 minutes at a time for the first day to reduce swelling.
- Eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, but don’t use a straw for the first few days. The sucking notion can loosen the blood clot your body is forming to heal the area.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, gently swishing it around your mouth to reduce swelling and clean your mouth.
With these helpful tips and bits of information, now you can be “wise” about your wisdom teeth!
Meet the Doctor
Our dentist, Dr. Melanie White, at Maple Grove Family Dental always takes the time to ensure the experiences you have with us areas smooth and comfortable as possible—even with wisdom teeth extractions. If you’ve become concerned about your oral health since your wisdom teeth have been trying to develop, we encourage you to speak to your dentist about it. Give us a call at (608) 882-4860 to schedule an appointment with Dr. White.