The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically grow in between the ages of 16 and 23. It is estimated that anywhere from 25 to 75 percent of people eventually have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom tooth removal involves opening up the gum tissue in order to remove the tooth. Our Monroe dentist may also take out any bone that is covering the tooth.
Local anesthetic is often used during tooth extractions. However, if multiple tooth extractions are being performed at the same time, then general anesthesia being used. A person will be asleep during the procedure if general anesthesia is used.
Why Does a Cosmetic Dentist Recommend People Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are several reasons our Monroe cosmetic dentist may recommend that a person have his or her wisdom teeth removed. If the wisdom teeth do not fully emerge, then they will probably need to be removed. The wisdom teeth are harder to clean if they do not fully emerge.
A person’s wisdom teeth may also need to be removed if he or she is experiencing pain. If the wisdom teeth are causing damage to the nearby teeth, then they will most likely need to be removed. Extensive tooth decay, cysts and tumors are other reasons that wisdom teeth removal is performed.
How Longs Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery Last?
This is usually a simple procedure. However, there are things that people have to do in order to ensure that they properly recover. People will need to rest as much as possible for the first few days after surgery. Physical activity can increase the risk of bleeding.
You should also apply an ice pack to your cheek for 15 to 20 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours after surgery. This will help reduce the pain. Eat soft foods for the first few days after surgery. This include things such as gelatin, thin soup and pudding.
Complications are rare, and most people recover fairly quickly after surgery. However, you should report any complications to your dentist. Dry socket is one of the most common complications of wisdom tooth removal. A dry socket is inflammation around the site of the extracted tooth. It can be extremely painful.