Wisdom teeth are the largest and last set of adult teeth to develop in your mouth. They usually come out between the ages of 17 and 25. However, not everyone will have a complete set and about 35% of human beings are not born with wisdom teeth at all. Wisdom teeth can help you chew even better, but in many cases, they can result in pain and other health issues. If this is the case with you, your doctor at Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group recommend it is best to remove your wisdom teeth.
What Kind of Problems are Associated With Wisdom Teeth?
Some people have wisdom teeth that emerge without any issues and line up neatly behind the second set of molars. However, there are many cases where the wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems. These include:
Many of the treatments of these conditions involve the removal of the wisdom tooth and the use of antibacterial medication and mouthrinses.
How is a Wisdom Tooth Removed?
In most cases, if a wisdom tooth has developed complications, we will remove it, typically through a surgical extraction procedure. This is a simple, outpatient treatment that is painless and has a very short recovery period.
We will give you local anesthesia to numb the surrounding area of your tooth. In some cases, we may also administer some form of sedation to calm your anxiety. Most of the time, wisdom teeth are impacted which necessitates removing them surgically. This involves making a small incision in the gum and removing some of the surrounding bone structure to expose the tooth. The tooth is then typically cut into smaller pieces so it can be extracted easily. During the process, you should feel pressure as we dislodge the tooth, but no pain. Wisdom tooth extraction can take about 20 minutes and, in some cases, even more. Once the tooth is removed and the numbness wears off, you will experience some pain and inflammation on the site of the extraction and the side of your face. However, the discomfort should disappear entirely in about a week or two.
We may also recommend you over-the-counter prescription medication and some home remedies to manage the pain and ensure your surgical site heals quickly. If your wisdom tooth is not causing you any pain or discomfort, they should still be monitored closely for any developing issues like cavities. Be sure to take good care of your wisdom teeth and keep your routine dental exams with us. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (301) 585-0400 today.