Are you experiencing a lot of jaw pain lately? It may be time for your wisdom teeth to come out. You likely have many questions if you are getting ready for wisdom teeth removal.
The following FAQs were provided by our experienced and caring Scottsdale dentist, Dr. Seerat Mann. Call today to set up your free consultation at our office.
Why Do I Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
You may wonder why people may need their wisdom teeth removed. We’re born with them, after all. However, many people don’t have wisdom teeth at all. Among those who do have wisdom teeth, most of them will need them removed at some point in their lives.
The following are common reasons you may be a candidate for removing your wisdom teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they can become impacted, which means they don’t have enough room to emerge in your mouth correctly. Most people will experience this around the ages of 17 – 25.
While some folks will have no issues, others will have painful impacted wisdom teeth that need to come out.
You can experience issues with impacted wisdom teeth such as infection, tooth decay, food getting stuck, damage to the neighboring teeth, cysts, and orthodontic problems.
You may not have issues now, but Dr. Mann may spot impending problems with dental imaging. In the act of prevention, you could be a candidate for wisdom teeth removal.
If it is clear that your mouth does not have enough room for another molar, you may need to have your wisdom teeth taken out to prevent orthodontic issues. Also, even if you don’t have symptoms yet, your wisdom teeth can still cause infections which can be avoided with removal.
Are There Any Risks?
Much like any other procedure, there are some risks. However, if you have been determined to be a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal, your oral surgeon has determined that the benefits will outweigh the procedure’s risks.
Complications are rare and primarily concern how well you can recover from the procedure. If food gets trapped in the socket where your wisdom tooth used to be, you could suffer an infection. However, you are given instructions on how to safely clean the socket to avoid infection.
If you lose the blood clot in the socket, it can become painful and dry. You can experience this complication if you are not careful during your recovery. Your dentist will advise you to avoid straws or smoking because that suction in your mouth can dislodge your blood clot.
If you take care to listen to your post-procedure instructions, you are unlikely to experience any complications with your wisdom teeth removal.
How Do I Get Ready?
Depending on how far your wisdom teeth have erupted, the type of dental sedation will vary. If your teeth are still deeply impacted, you may require conscious dental sedation for the procedure. That means that you will need a ride to and from the office.
Account for how you will feel after the procedure and take off work or school as needed. Perhaps even schedule it between semesters if you are in college and do not want to miss classes.
You need to ask your doctor if you should avoid taking your prescription medication before or after the surgery. Sometimes, you will be told to take your regular medicines with only a small sip of water before the procedure or to wait until afterward to take it.
If you have questions about wisdom teeth removal, we would be glad to help you learn more. Get in touch today.
Get Your Free Consultation with Our Scottsdale Dentist
Give our office a call if you are looking for a caring and skilled dentist to perform your wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Seerat Mann and her team have the experience to give you top-notch care. You can set up your free consultation when you call us today.