What are the common symptoms of wisdom teeth issues?
It is not always possible to notice physical signs of wisdom teeth impaction or infection on your own. It is important to maintain checkups with your dentist to make sure symptoms of oral complications with your wisdom teeth do not go unnoticed.
The most common symptoms that are noticeable to patients are soreness, slight pain in the back of the mouth, and swelling around the gums surrounding your wisdom teeth. Typically, these signs mean that your wisdom teeth are growing incorrectly and may become impacted or infected if not removed. It is possible for patients to experience an unpleasant taste or smell if there is an infection.
It is common for patients to have no symptoms with impacted wisdom teeth because they grow beneath the surface of the gums. That is why we encourage patients to attend their routine oral hygiene visits with a general dentist. An X-ray evaluation will assist in monitoring wisdom tooth growth and identifying the need for extraction.
Do my wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
Most patients require wisdom teeth removal because the dental arch does not have the enough space for the molars. Where our ancestors once required these teeth to grind down tough foods and meats, we no longer need them for daily use. Now, wisdom teeth tend to erupt from our gums in the wrong direction and are prone to impaction and infection. In certain circumstances, some patients keep their wisdom teeth intact. We recommend scheduling a consultation to determine if your wisdom teeth are ready to be extracted.
When should my wisdom teeth be removed?
Wisdom teeth begin growing in the early teens and finish developing in a patient’s early twenties. Most dental professionals recommend extracting wisdom teeth in the mid to late teens. During this time, the molars are smaller in size and easier to remove. Young patients also tend to recover more quickly from the surgery. By removing wisdom teeth early, patients can avoid the complications associated with wisdom teeth and the treatment required to correct them.
Will my other teeth be affected after extracting my wisdom teeth?
The surgical procedure used to remove your wisdom teeth does not harm or cause complications with your bite as wisdom teeth do not have a necessary function in the dental arch. After removing your wisdom teeth, you may notice the sockets at the back of your mouth for a period while they heal. We will provide you with proper post-operative care instructions to prevent dry socket or other infection.
Is there any pain during the wisdom teeth procedure?
With the use of anesthesia during wisdom teeth removal, our oral surgeons provide a painless and comfortable atmosphere for your oral surgery. Drs. Cassidy, Pieper, and Wilcox maintain the highest licensure available to dental providers to offer you a wide range of sedation options for treatment. Their hospital-based training alongside anesthesiologists ensures that you in safe hands from the beginning to end of your procedure.
Our oral surgeons will provide post-operative care instructions including oral pain medication to ensure that your recovery is manageable and comfortable. It is normal to feel soreness or discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. We recommend eating a small amount of food and taking the first dose of pain medication at this time to avoid discomfort.