Everything You need to know about Wisdom Teeth
A lot of our patients wonder what wisdom teeth are, and why we need to have them removed. As you probably already know, wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth, and they usually don't start growing in until long after the rest of your adult teeth. Most people see these molars emerging around age 20. Because they don't come in with the rest of your teeth, this process often causes pain in patients, and it can also cause a shift in the rest of your teeth. Wisdom teeth can often lead to gum disease as well, since this area can be difficult to properly clean, and many adults simply don't have room in their mouths for the additional teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most dentists recommend that you have your wisdom teeth evaluated between the ages of 16 and 19. Removing the teeth before they emerge helps to avoid complications that can occur once they surface. If the wisdom teeth grow in below the gum line and do not erupt, this is an impacted case, which is more difficult to remove, and can cause severe pain.
The process for removal depends on your unique situation, but typically an experienced oral surgeon is needed. If your teeth are impacted, your dentist will likely recommend general anesthesia so you are not conscious during the procedure. On the other hand, if your teeth have erupted and are not impacted, often only local anesthetic is needed for the procedure.
Your dentist will ensure that you are familiar with all of your post-treatment needs. Most patients are required to eat only soft foods for a few days, and it's common for the patient to visit the dentist again shortly after for a checkup. It's normal to see some swelling and bleeding around the treated areas for a few days after your procedure.
In some cases, wisdom tooth removal is not necessary. If your mouth has the space for the additional teeth naturally, and if your wisdom teeth grow in straight, without pushing your other teeth around, you should not experience pain, and you can usually keep your wisdom teeth. Still, it's best to evaluate your options with a dentist to ensure that your wisdom teeth are not likely to cause any issues in the future, and to stay healthy!
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If you have any questions, or if you would like more information on your wisdom teeth in 78660 or the surrounding areas, give us a call today. Our staff is always happy to answer any questions that you may have, and we can schedule an appointment for you to see a dentist in your area right away!