Wisdom Teeth Extraction

By: samkern
Wisdom Teeth , also referred as the third set of molars, are the last set of teeth in the mouth to grow, which normally happens around the ages of 17 - 25. There have been a lot of controversies and myths on wisdom teeth and their extraction. If the teeth do not cause any harm or pain, they are normally fine to stay in place. If they present a bad position or cause you a lot of pain or discomfort, they will need to be removed.

The major danger with wisdom teeth is they have the risk of becoming impacted and need to be extracted. Sometimes they can be pulled, although in most cases they need to be chipped out by a qualified surgeon. When the time comes to have your wisdom teeth extracted, you will need to go to an oral surgeon and have a consultation first.

The consultation generally involved taking a sets of x-rays that will let the surgeon know about the severity your wisdom teeth are. He will reviews the results with you, take a look in your mouth, then tell you what options you have. If he is going to pull or cut out your teeth, you will have the option of using local anaesthesia or going with intravenous sedation. An IV sedation is the preferred way to have wisdom teeth extracted, as you will be so relaxed you will not know what is going on. If you decide to just use local anaesthesia, which is numbing, you will be fully aware of the procedure. You will also hear the popping and cracking involved, which can make you feel quite uncomfortable.

The ease of the extraction process is guided by the shape, size, and the formation of the wisdom teeth. If the root tips have managed to wrap themselves around the bone, the removal process can be very time consuming and quite painful. Once the extractions have been completed, there is normally little to no swelling involved. Your dentist will prescribe you some pain medicine, which you should use as soon as you arrive home. If you are going to use IV sedation, you will need to someone to accompany you, as you will not be able to drive home.

Once the removal of your wisdom teeth is done, your dentist will advise you on what you need to do to ensure the proper healing of your gums and mouth. Normally, he will give you information to go over, to make sure that you experience no problems in the healing process. Someone will need to be with you for the first 24 hours, to make sure that you ok. You will not be able to eat certain foods for the first 48 hours, which is to be expected. Once you get your wisdom teeth removed through - you will notice a big improvement in your mouth - and your health.
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