The 411 About Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Wisdom teeth, sometimes called third molars, are the last set of molars you get. While many people have no problems living with their wisdom teeth, these molars can cause problems if they don’t come in properly. When they erupt between the ages of 16 and 20, there may be too little room for the teeth which can cause them to emerge at an improper angle or crowd the mouth.
If your wisdom teeth are crowding your mouth or your dentist recommends tooth extraction, Hickory oral surgery can be the solution to protect your beautiful, healthy smile.

When is Wisdom Teeth Removal Important?
Tooth extraction of your wisdom teeth may be recommended for several reasons:

  • Wisdom tooth impaction. Wisdom teeth may not erupt properly and get trapped painfully in the gums or jawbone.
  • They press against other teeth.
  • You have gum disease or cavities because the wisdom teeth are too hard to clean properly.
  • Your mouth isn’t big enough for another set of molars.

What Happens During Surgery?
Wisdom teeth removal usually takes about 45 minutes and it may be done under local or general anesthesia. In the case of local anesthesia, your mouth will be numbed and you may breathe nitrous oxide. You will be awake, but the surgery will not be painful. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep during the procedure.

Your oral surgeon may need to cut into your jawbone or gums to remove the teeth. After the teeth are removed, your incisions will be stitched. These stitches dissolve on their own after several days.

Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal
Pain and swelling at the back of your mouth are normal after extraction along with some bleeding. Be careful not to harm the healing wounds. For the first few days, you will need to avoid soda, hot beverages, coffee, and solid foods. Avoid brushing your teeth for the first day to avoid opening the wounds.

In most cases, the recovery process takes just three to four days, but recovery can take longer if your wisdom teeth were very impacted.

If your wisdom teeth are giving you problems or you’re interested in an exam to see how your teeth are erupting, contact our emergency dentist office today to schedule an appointment.