It has become common practice to have wisdom teeth removed, but why? Many people have their wisdom teeth in Ashland grow in without any pain, so why should they be extracted? Even if there’s no pain, your teeth could be stuck or impacted—they can’t break through your jaw and into your mouth. Keep reading to learn why wisdom teeth removal is necessary, when you need them removed, and what the process is like from a trusted dentist.
When Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Your wisdom teeth may start causing problems in your mouth, or your dentist may take an X-Ray that shows they’ll need to be removed down the road. But here some are other common reasons wisdom teeth need extraction:
- Impacted teeth: Because these teeth are so far back in the mouth, they may not grow in normally. Commonly, wisdom teeth get trapped under the jaw or gums, which can be painful.
- Damage to other teeth: When an extra set of molars grow into the back of your mouth, they can push other teeth around. This causes pain and bite problems from crowded teeth.
- Sinus issues: Wisdom teeth issues can lead to sinus pain, congestion, and pressure.
- Jaw damage: Cysts that form around your new teeth can hollow out your jaw and damage nerves if it’s left untreated.
- Cavities: Swollen gums can create pockets between teeth that help cavities form.
- Inflamed gums: Gum tissue around the area can swell and become hard to clean.
- Alignment: Wisdom teeth cause crowding problems that can shift your teeth out of alignment.
What is the Process Like?
Wisdom teeth removal usually takes just 45 minutes or less. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort because you’ll be given anesthesia (you’ll be asleep the whole time and won’t wake up until an hour after the surgery), which is why you should have someone with you to drive home after.
During the surgery, your highly-trained dentist in Ashland may have to cut some gums or even bone to extract your teeth. Once they’re out, they will stitch you up quickly and the stitches will dissolve in just a few days.
Once surgery is completed, you may feel “out of it” or drowsy, which is why you should have someone with you. You won’t feel pain after the surgery, but you may have mild swelling and soreness for a few days.
Now that you know why it’s important to get your wisdom teeth removed, are yours gone yet? Talk to your dentist about your wisdom teeth and whether or not they need extraction to keep your smile healthy.
About the Practice
At Premier Care Dental, we have a team of 5 expert dentists who each bring different passions and experiences to the office. They take pride in offering oral surgery like wisdom teeth removal at their general dentistry practice. For any questions, they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (541) 708-0600.