|Should You Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?|
|When you hear the words “wisdom teeth”, you almost for sure associate them with their extraction. Why is this so? Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. This collection of molars will begin to come through in late adolescence or early adulthood, if they grow at all. As humans have brought out, there is less space in the mouth for these teeth to appear normally, although there are people who are able to keep them. You may not even know you have wisdom teeth developing at least until a dental visit ascertains them through an x-ray.|
For people who do not have the space for the teeth to come in correctly, they either come through the skin partly, or grow in sideward - this is called impaction. People may or may not feel pain from impaction; it depends on how the tooth is coming in. Sideward growing teeth can press on your other permanent molars and result in quite a bit of pain. Another common issue is infection or abscesses. Sometimes, only one or two teeth may erupt, with the tooth then coming in direct contact with the opposite gum. This is the reason why most dentists will counsel that you have your wisdom teeth removed, even if you aren't having any complications with them at present.
The best time for wisdom teeth extraction is in your late teens or early twenties. The older you become, the more complicated the wisdom teeth become to remove. This is because of the roots of the teeth hardening as the teeth mature, making excretion more difficult with more complications probable. Such complications can consist of enduring nerve damage and problems during the healing process (dry socket). Dry socket is where the healing begins usually, and then a blood clot does not form. This causes a lot of pain, which can take in the entire side of your face. Your dentist can recommend you the best recovery program in order to keep away from healing complications.
Wisdom tooth removal is not just a simple tooth pull, particularly when the teeth are impacted. The procedure is often performed under general anesthesia. The gum is opened up and the tooth is extracted in parts. Sometimes bone will have to be removed as well, depending on the severity of the problem.
Healing will take quite a few days to a week. Actually recovery depends on any complications or your age at the time of removal. Expect to feel pain in the extraction area and you will likely be prescribed pain medication. You will also have noticeable facial swelling, which will make it difficult to open your mouth fully, so eating and speaking will be encumbered for several days. Your dentist will prescribe you a liquid or soft food diet, to which you will have to follow for about 7 days. After that you will be able to bring in other foods as the healing progresses. Stitches will be needed and your dentist may choose either those that need removal, or dissolving stitches.
So it would be reasonable at your next dental appointment ask to have an x-ray done for you or your teenagers in order to see if there are wisdom teeth coming in. Then you can talk about the best treatment options with your dentist for you or your children. Don’t forget the fact the earlier the removal, the faster the recovery and the lower the risk of complications.