Wisdom teeth are the molars in the back part of your mouth. Unfortunately, these molars often don’t have enough room to grow in. When that happens your wisdom teeth can become impacted, putting you at risk of serious oral health complications. The team at Estudillo Oral Surgery located in San Leandro, California, offers wisdom teeth extractions to rid you of the pain of impacted wisdom teeth. Call the office today or schedule your appointment online.
Why do wisdom teeth get impacted?
Your wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, usually grow in between the ages of 12 and 17. The problem is, many people don’t have enough room in their jaw to fit them. When this happens your wisdom teeth have nowhere to go and become impacted in the bone. Impacted teeth not only cause pain but also a number of other serious oral health complications if left untreated. Some of these complications include:
- TMJ issues
- Trouble opening your mouth
- Risk of sepsis
If you think your wisdom teeth might be impacted, waiting will only make it worse. Contact Estudillo Oral Surgery today to set up your consultation.
Do wisdom teeth really need to be extracted?
Not in all cases. Some people have enough room in their jawbone for their wisdom teeth to grow in without affecting the other aspects of their oral health. But for many, that’s not the case.
Even when your wisdom teeth do grow in there are still times they need to be extracted. Along with becoming impacted, wisdom teeth also pose other problems for your oral health including:
- Decay because of their difficulty to reach with your toothbrush
- Growing in sideways or crooked
- Pushing your other teeth out of alignment
If your wisdom teeth are causing any of these issues, they should be removed. If they become impacted, they should be extracted as soon as possible.
What is the process for wisdom teeth extraction?
The team at Estudillo Oral surgery has years of experience extracting wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth have emerged from your gums, the procedure is relatively simple. Using basic dental tools such as forceps, your surgeon is able to pull your wisdom teeth from their sockets. Don’t worry, it’s not painful. Your provider uses local anesthetics, and even sedation if you choose, to help you feel relaxed.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted your surgeon will use sedation or general anesthesia before the procedure. Once you are relaxed or asleep, your surgeon will cut into your gums and bones, revealing your wisdom teeth inside. Your surgeon will remove your wisdom teeth, usually in small pieces, before stitching your gums shut.
Following your procedure, the Estudillo Oral Surgery team will instruct you on how to care for your surgery site. After a few days, you will be feeling great again and any lingering pain will be greatly diminished.
DOES IT HURT WHEN REMOVING WISDOM TEETH?
During surgery, you will receive a local anesthetic in the area of your wisdom teeth. This will numb the area so that you will not feel any pain. If you still do feel any pain then you can speak to the surgeon who can give you more anesthetic. If you have anxiety or fear about the extraction then you can also choose to be sedated. Sedation will make you feel relaxed and comfortable during the extraction. You will have an opportunity to speak to your surgeon before the extraction to discuss the options of anesthesia and sedation.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TOOTH EXTRACTION?
After the extraction, it will take a little time for the medication to wear off. Because of this, it’s important that someone is available to take you back home after your extraction. You should rest for 24 hours and limit your activity for a further day or two. The site of the extraction will form a blood clot. It’s important that this is not dislodged during the healing process. You can avoid dislodging by avoiding rigorous rinsing or spitting and drinking through a straw. It’s also important to eat soft foods and avoid hot drinks. You can slowly introduce these as the gum starts to heal.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER AFTER REMOVING A TOOTH?
It is normal to feel some pain after the anesthesia wears off. You will also expect to see some swelling and residual bleeding for 24 hours after the extraction. However, if you experience severe pain or heavy bleeding for more than 4 hours then you should call the dentist. You should also call if you feel the following symptoms:
- Signs of infection, including fever
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive discharge
- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain.
After about one or two weeks you will notice that the area has started to heal. The hole left from the extraction will heal over and gum and bone tissue will grow into the space below.