23 Sep Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed: What You Can Expect
Many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. You may know someone who’s had the procedure done or your Phoenix area dentist told you that yours need to come out. You likely have a lot of questions about the process, why they need to come out, and what happens during the procedure including how you’ll stay comfortable and pain-free.
Here’s what you can expect during the wisdom tooth removal process.
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth removal, also referred to as wisdom tooth extraction, is a surgical dental procedure that removes anywhere from one to four of your wisdom teeth. These are permanent adult teeth located in the far back corners of your mouth. Typically, the wisdom teeth are removed before they completely erupt, or break through the gum line. They can be removed once they have erupted as well.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are a few reasons why wisdom teeth are removed. Not everyone has space for them in their mouth. If the wisdom teeth were to fully erupt, they could push on back molars or cause overcrowding in the mouth. This could cause your teeth to shift and ruin your beautiful smile. Wisdom teeth can also become impacted or stuck. They may be unable to erupt on their own, usually due to a lack of space or the angle at which the teeth are coming in. If the teeth cannot break through the gum line, you can experience severe pain.
Some dentists remove the wisdom teeth as a preventative measure. It is easier to remove them in teenagers and young adults than in older adults. As such, some dentists may recommended removing the teeth before problems occur. The procedure is easier and it prevents the possibility of complications, discomfort, and problems later.
How is Wisdom Teeth Removal Completed?
Most wisdom teeth are removed before they break through the gum line. In order to do this, the dentist must first make an incision through the gums to expose the tooth and the bone. They then remove any bone blocking access to the root of the tooth. From there, the tooth is surgically removed. The site is carefully cleaned to remove all of the tooth and root, as well as any bone debris. Careful cleaning prevents infection. In some cases, stitches may be placed to promote healing. Gauze is then placed over the site to help control the bleeding and to prevent blood clot formation.
What Dental Sedation Options Are Available During the Removal Process?
Because wisdom teeth removal is a surgical dental procedure, it can be painful. Patients are often sedated during the procedure. Not only does sedation help with pain, but it helps reduce anxiety. Dental sedation helps you keep still during the procedure, allowing your dentist to access the far back corners of your mouth. One of three types of sedation that may be offered during your procedure: nitrous oxide, oral sedative, or IV sedation. Of course, you will be given local anesthetic for your procedure.
Local anesthesia numbs your gums, but keeps you awake. You may feel pressure or pulling, but you will not feel pain. Dental sedation helps you relax and take less notice of the procedure itself. Nitrous oxide keeps you alert but allows the tension to fade. Oral and IV sedation can put you in a semi-awake state, and you may not remember the procedure later.
If you have been told that you need to have one or more of your wisdom teeth extracted, you may be nervous or scared. Fortunately, thanks to sedation dentistry, your fears can be minimized. When you need to have dental surgery, Dental Brothers can help. Contact us today for a consultation. We can tell you if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed and what sedation options are best to ensure you feel comfortable during the procedure.