Greensboro NC dentist office helps patients understand the need for wisdom teeth extraction
Wisdom teeth, the common phrase for the third set of molars to erupt, can cause several problems in your mouth, some of them painful and damaging.
Wisdom teeth are usually felt, or seen on an x-ray usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Because they develop after the mouth is done growing, the additional molars can cause crowding, erupt horizontally instead of vertically, or can even be completely impacted and not emerge at all, instead remaining trapped inside the jaw.
When a wisdom tooth causes more harm than good, it may need to be removed. Leaving an extra molar can cause crowding and pressure in the mouth, while a tooth that is trapped inside the bone could develop a cyst, which can become infected and be painful.
Types of wisdom teeth extraction
If the wisdom tooth has erupted completely, but needs to be removed to prevent future decay because it is hard to reach with a toothbrush or to floss, a simple extraction can be performed during a dental office visit. This type of extraction will likely only need local anesthesia, however, if you are particularly nervous or anxious about the procedure your dentist may offer to use conscious sedation to ensure that you remain relaxed and calm. Either way, you will feel no pain during the procedure and follow-up care is relatively simple.
If the tooth is impacted, you will have local anesthesia, and you may receive sedation. The surgery is performed by making a small cut into the gum to remove the tooth. You can expect to feel pressure, but no pain. Following the procedure, your dentist may give you prescription painkillers or tell you to take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory drugs for at least three days. You can use ice packs on your face to reduce swelling and will need to eat soft and cool foods for a few days. Additionally you will need to rinse your mouth with warm salt water to keep the area clean.
Dental extractions don’t need to be scary. Under the care of gentle and experienced dentists like Dr. Steven Hatcher of Greensboro, NC, your dental extraction can be a straightforward and precise procedure. Call today for more information.