When your dentist tells you that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, it can be a scary experience. You have never been through this before, so you do not know what to expect. This is perfectly normal – most people have a bunch of questions, such as:
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
In most individuals, their wisdom teeth will begin to come in between the ages of 17 – 25. In some cases, the wisdom teeth will come in without issue and no surgery will be needed. However, in other instances, removal will be necessary.
Removal is usually carried out because your wisdom teeth are too far back in your mouth, are coming in at a bad angle, or your mouth simply isn’t big enough to handle the additional teeth.
What will happen before the surgery?
Prior to your surgery, you will meet with the doctor who will carry out your procedure. At this point, it is very important that you let your oral surgeon know about any health problems you have, any drugs or medications that you take, and what kind of anesthesia you will be under (you can be either asleep or just simply numbed during your procedure).
Should you have any other questions or concerns, your oral surgeon will be happy to assist and clarify any points you may be confused about – you just have to ask.
What will happen during the surgery?
Wisdom teeth removal surgery usually takes less than an hour, so it shouldn’t take too long. You will be administered your chosen anesthesia, and then the procedure will begin. In some cases, your surgeon may need to cut into your gums or bone in order to get the teeth out. This can sometimes seem a little frightening, but it is completely normal. Any cuts made will heal within a couple of days.
What will happen after the surgery?
The immediate aftermath of your surgery will depend on the type of anesthesia you took and your response to it. Some people are able to drive themselves home or back to work almost immediately. It is best to assume that this will not be the case for you and have someone on hand to take you home to begin your recovery.
Though you will likely have some swelling in your mouth, most patients do not have much pain during their recovery process.
During your recovery, be sure to eat only soft foods like rice or soup,drink plenty of fluids, and follow any other instructions that your doctor has given you.
Though the prospect of facing any medical procedure can be a scary one,a little knowledge goes a long way. Hopefully, this information on your upcoming wisdom teeth removal surgery has put your mind at ease.
Bryan Gully DDS
6421 Saratoga Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78414