Dentists who can be considered as guardians of your teeth are often recommending wisdom tooth extractions that erupt between the ages of 17 to 25. These professionals are not enemies of wisdom teeth and only recommend their removal because in most cases they don’t have sufficient room to erupt or develop normally.
An impacted wisdom tooth can grow at an angle toward the second molar or toward the back of the mouth. It may also tilt at a right angle to the other teeth as if it is lying down inside the jawbone. Staying trapped within the jawbone is also a possibility with wisdom teeth.
You will be recommended to have wisdom tooth extractions if you are affected by any of the conditions mentioned above. The extraction will be necessary because it can create problems like:
If you are recommended top wisdom teeth removal by the Hartford dentist he or she may decide to perform the procedure in-office. If however, you have a broken Wisdom tooth that is deeply impacted the dentist may suggest you seek treatment from an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon besides making the area numb with local anesthesia may also suggest sedation to make you more comfortable during the procedure.
You must be prepared to ask questions from the oral surgeon or dentist before you accept their recommendation for wisdom teeth extraction. You must attempt to understand the following:
The questions you raise must convince you about the need to undergo the procedure as suggested by the dentist. There is no reason for you to fear the procedure because millions of wisdom teeth are extracted in the United States every year.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will administer one among the three types of anesthesia in the form of local, sedation, and general anesthesia. The anesthesia will be administered after considering the complexity of the wisdom tooth extractions as well as your comfort level. During the extraction, your dentist or the oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue for exposing the tooth and bone. The wisdom tooth will be divided into sections to make it easier for removal in pieces.
After the wisdom tooth has been extracted the site of the removal will be cleaned of any debris from the tooth or bone. The wound will be sutured for promoting healing although it may not be necessary in all cases. A gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site to help a blood clot to form.
If you had been administered sedation or general anesthesia you will be taken to the recovery room after the procedure. However, if local anesthesia was administered the recovery time will be brief and limited to the dentists’ chair.
As you begin to recover from the surgery you must follow the instructions provided by the Hartford dentist. The instructions will be regarding bleeding, swelling and bruising, pain management, cleaning your mouth, use of tobacco and other precautionary measures to ensure you don’t harm the surgical area inadvertently. You will be restricted from having hard foods and be advised only to have soft foods for the initial 24 hours. This is one occasion when the dentist at Crest Family Dental will recommend that you don’t brush your teeth for 24 hours after the surgery. You can begin brushing after the stipulated restrictions are over. However, you must stay away from tobacco in any form for at least 72 hours after the surgery because tobacco products can delay healing time and increase the risks of complications.
If you have undergone wisdom tooth extraction as recommended by your dentist you will not require a follow-up appointment if you are not facing any complications or experiencing persistent problems. You can, however, contact your dentist to discuss wisdom teeth treatment options if you experience any problems that you feel need to be supervised by an expert.