What to Expect During a Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Your wisdom teeth or third molars are the last set of teeth to erupt in your mouth. They often appear between the age of 17 and 21. Your dentist won't have to remove them if they're healthy and have fully erupted. You will also keep them as is if they're in the correct position and there are no biting issues with the opposite teeth. 


When Will Wisdom Teeth Removal Be Necessary


For some people, though, wisdom teeth don't have enough room to break through the gums properly, thus causing problems. Wisdom teeth can grow and erupt at different angles in your jaw. Your dentist may recommend dental extraction if your wisdom teeth stay buried within your gums, emerge partially, or press nearby teeth. 


According to American Dental Association, there are numerous reasons why wisdom teeth extraction may be required. These include:


  • Pain

  • Tumors

  • Gum disease

  • Severe tooth decay

  • Damage to neighboring teeth

  • Cysts or fluid-filled sacs

  • Recurring gum infection behind your lower last tooth


Your dentist needs to consider numerous factors before they can suggest wisdom teeth extraction. So, visit them to discuss the health and position of your third molars. They can provide you the best options for your unique situation.   


What to Expect Before, During, and After the Surgery


Before your wisdom teeth extraction, you will have to speak with your dentist to discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have. They will review your medical history and any current medications you're taking. Through this initial consultation, your dentist will know whether or not you're a suitable candidate for dental extraction. They will also recommend the type of anesthesia that will be appropriate for you. 


Wisdom teeth extraction generally takes approximately 45 minutes. Since you will be under the influence of anesthesia, the surgery will not be painful. As soon as the medication kicks in, your dentist will use surgical tools to make an incision in your gums and remove the wisdom teeth. Then they will stitch shut the wounds so the soft tissues can start healing quickly. Once your gums are sewn, they will line the surgical site with gauze to soak up the blood. Then the medical team will reduce the medication so you can become alert again. You won't have to go back to your dentist to remove the stitches, as they will dissolve on their own within a few days. 


On the day of your surgery, you can expect to feel groggy after the procedure. You may notice some pain, swelling, and some blood around the extraction site. Your dentist will provide post-operative care instructions to help with your recovery. Since you can't drive after receiving general anesthesia, you'd need a ride back home. You must take it easy for the rest of the day. It's crucial that you take care of your mouth once you get home. This way, you can avoid infection and other complications. You have to follow your dentist's directions as explained. You should be able to go back to your regular activities after a few days following your wisdom teeth extraction. 


Do you have an impacted wisdom tooth? Maybe they're coming out at the wrong angle. Don't wait for your condition to get worse. Schedule your consultation today with kksmiles in Marietta, Georgia. Call our office at 770-830-3700 to book your appointment.