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.
It is an awful day when those words are uttered. Whether fifteen or thirty-five, one never wants to hear the words from a dentist or oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth extraction is neither a pleasant nor welcomed thought, but in most cases, it must be done.
What are they and why must they go? Wisdom teeth are simply a third set of molars that grow in later in life. Typically a person can expect to see or feel them by their mid-twenties. However, there are some people that will not get all four. Some may have zero wisdom teeth. Because of our increased education regarding dental care, most people today do not require a new set of molars, which once may have replaced teeth that had fallen out or been extracted. In many cases, in fact, the teeth fail to grow in properly, and as a result, are left impacted - under the gum line - and can cause discomfort, crowding of the existing teeth, along with a host of other complications. When this is the case, they must be removed to prevent serious problems in the future. Even for those that are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth grow in fully, it might be suggested that the teeth are removed. Because they are not needed, there may not be enough room to accommodate them, and due to the fact that they are located so far at the back of the mouth, it can be burdensome to keep them cleaned properly. When plaque is allowed to build up in that area, there is an increased likelihood of decay or gum disease.
What does the procedure involve? The process will depend on many factors, but the most significant one is how they have developed and aligned themselves. In cases of impaction, the process of removal can become more intrusive. In some cases, bone may have to be removed to release the tooth. A professional who performs oral surgery will be able to provide a tentative outline of what to expect from the procedure. It is important to recall that this is a very common practice in the dental world. These professionals have very likely seen cases far worse than yours. If anxiety runs high, the oral surgeon will probably recommend sedation via a medication such as valium or nitrous oxide.
Bleeding is one of the most common matters to be addressed. Sterile gauze will be provided to help keep the area clean and help stop the bleeding. Remember to apply pressure by closing your jaw over the gauze should bleeding persist. Dry Socket While one does not always like to consider bleeding in the mouth, the blood clots that form in the areas treated are important. The doctor will give a list of activities that should be avoided so the clot is not dislodged. This would result in a dry socket, which allows the bone and nerves access to air, food, and other possible contaminants. This condition can be quite painful. Facial swelling This is common for the first couple of days post-op, but with cold compress, it can be quickly controlled and reduced. The pain killers provided may also contain anti-inflammatory agents that will help keep swelling down.
No Food The amount of food that the patient will be allotted for the first few hours after the procedure will be very limited. Until the anesthesia has worn off, just liquids will be allowed and for the first few days after the procedure, the patient will want to avoid anything but soft foods that don't require a lot of chewing. Within a few days after the extraction, the diet will return to normal and any pain should cease.
By definition, the wisdom teeth are the third molars. They usually grow in adults between the ages of 17 to 25 years old. An adult can have four wisdom teeth. The growth of your wisdom teeth is something that occurs once you reach adulthood but the only problem is that most people have wisdom teeth that grow sideways or are impacted. This can be a serious problem because as the wisdom tooth grows, it digs into the jawbone or pushes into the tooth next to it. This can be very painful and it could cause serious complications later on if it is not taken care of. The only solution to this would be to visit a dentist for teeth extraction.
It is important to have your wisdom teeth extraction done as early as possible because the longer you leave them there, the harder it will be to have them extracted. There is also a risk of more serious complications if the teeth extraction is done at an older age as compared to an extraction that is done in the early twenties. Impacted teeth can also lead to more serious health problems such as the growth of a cyst, infection or abscess and they could also damage the teeth adjacent to them. The teeth extraction of impacted teeth involves a surgical operation. The dentist will cut through the tissue covering the impacted teeth to extract them. There are also cases when it is necessary to remove some of the bone.