Wisdom teeth are just another of your mouth milestones. The appearance and growth of these teeth are a part of your oral story and it’s something that most people have to deal with at some stage. If your experience becomes painful or problematic, your National Dental Care Nailsworth dentist may decide to extract.
Your wisdom teeth are the big molars at the back of your mouth; usually making an appearance around the ages of 17 to 24. Some people don’t ever develop them while others develop up to four. Wisdom teeth can appear without issue but in some cases, the mouth is too crowded and they can become problematically ‘impacted.’
If impaction does occur, infection and inflammation can begin in and around the tissue covering the impacted tooth. Look out for warning signs like swollen red gums, pain, jaw stiffness, and generally not feeling your best. The teeth neighbouring your wisdoms may also experience inflammation problems and in some cases, a cyst may form around the impacted tooth.
Our Nailsworth dentists take the time to explain our process of wisdom teeth removal with you. We also go through your whole medical history to ensure we learn about your medications, how your body copes with anaesthesia, if you’re prone to heavy bleeding and we will also take x-ray images. The extraction is conducted under local anaesthetic which means you’re awake but will feel no pain. If you’re anxious, you may choose a general anaesthetic, allowing you to sleep through the surgery. We’ll advise you about fasting and fluids. In which case we will refer you to an oral surgeon.
You can expect the entire procedure to take between 30 and 60 minutes. First of all, your Nailsworth dentist will widen the socket of your problem tooth or teeth, then use a straight instrument and a pair of dental forceps to loosen your tooth until it can be removed completely. If your tooth is heavily impacted, an incision may have to be made in your gums and some bone may also have to be removed. We’ll close the incision with dissolvable stitches.
Like any procedure, you’ll need to rest up afterwards. You won’t be able to get behind the wheel if you’ve been sedated, so make sure you arrange for a lift home. We may recommend painkillers for the week after surgery and don’t worry if you experience bleeding or swelling – it’s common. We’ll take you through complications, side effects and how to keep you comfortable.
Talk to your professional team at National Dental Care Nailsworth for further information.