What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the four hindmost molars that appear in humans around the age of twenty. Be aware that they can develop earlier or later in life while some people are born without wisdom teeth. Your dentist will keep a check on your wisdom teeth and tell you when they are starting to come through. In doing this, they can make sure that you are prepared for any potential issues here and preemptively determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed. They will do this by taking x-rays and checking on the progress of the teeth as they begin to emerge.
When Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
Generally speaking these days a dentist will recommend wisdom teeth removal if possible complications seem eminent. For instance, you might find that you are regularly getting infections around your wisdom teeth. There is often a skin flap over these where food residue can become trapped and this may lead to issues with both infection and pain. If this is the case, a dentist may suggest you get your wisdom teeth removed.
It’s also possible that your wisdom teeth are going to cause issues when they come through. This will be the case if they are coming in at an angle. In a situation like this, the wisdom tooth will press against other teeth in your mouth and cause pain. They can also become trapped between the gum and jawbone which again, causes substantial and painful issues. Ideally, Wisdom teeth removal will be scheduled before this becomes a problem.
However, it is possible that you haven’t had any checks by a dentist. In this type of scenario, the issue with wisdom teeth can be a surprise or shock. It may even eventually require emergency treatment.
What Is Involved In The Procedure?
Wisdom teeth removal isn’t always a simple procedure however in most cases it is and it can be relatively quick. For this reason, many dentists provide you with the option to be asleep or awake and numbed. If you are awake, you won’t feel anything due to injection into your gums. However, there are other sensory issues which is why many people prefer to be put to sleep.
Once the procedure has been completed, you will need to spend just a couple of days recovering. There can be some pain and discomfort however this can be treated with over the counter medicine. As such, it’s not something that you have to worry about. Cold and heat treatments can also help to reduce discomfort.
We hope this helps you understand everything you need to know about wisdom teeth removal. This is a standard procedure and Grandridge Dental in Kennewick WA will be able to provide the solution you need.