Your third molars, the wisdom teeth emerging between 17 and 25, are positioned in the corners of your top and bottom jaw and are the last permanent adult teeth. They erupt in the mouth when insufficient space is available to accommodate them. You may not need wisdom teeth removal if they have erupted correctly, are healthy, and not challenging to clean. However, if the reverse is true, you start encountering wisdom teeth issues making it essential to have them removed by the dentist in Clearwater.
Out of the global population, merely 37 percent of people develop regular wisdom teeth, with others confronting challenges with the last permanent molars. As the molars emerge when insufficient space exists in the jaw, they remain partially or entirely hidden under the gums to become impacted. Occasionally the impacton results in infections or cysts damaging the other tooth roots.
Some wisdom teeth partially emerge through the gums, and because of their challenging location, they are difficult to view and clean. The partially visible teeth become a breeding ground for bacteria to cause gum disease and other oral infections.
Besides, the above wisdom teeth also cause crowding and damage to the neighboring teeth. It is why many dentists recommend extracting wisdom teeth when they partially emerge. Dentists think it is beneficial to remove the tooth early when its roots haven’t fully formed because it helps speed recovery after the surgical procedure.
You may need to have your wisdom teeth removed if you experience changes in the back of your mouth which include pain, repeated soft tissue infection behind the lower last tooth, fluid-filled sacs, damage to neighboring teeth, tumors, excessive tooth decay, and gum disease. However, determining yourself whether you need wisdom teeth extraction is challenging because it needs expert advice from the Clearwater dentist, taking x-rays, and examining your mouth before suggesting the wisdom tooth removal procedure.
How many teeth you must have removed determines what you must endure during the removal. However, the procedure is performed by dental extraction in Clearwater, FL, in an outpatient setting, indicating that you can return home the same day after removing your wisdom teeth.
The Clearwater dentist will discuss anesthesia options during your consultation for getting your wisdom teeth extracted and inquire into your entire medical history. They even ask about the medications you take, including herbal supplements, to prevent interactions with the medicines they prescribe.
If you must have a visible wisdom tooth removed the procedure proceeds under local anesthesia in your mouth and the dentist completes the removal within 30 minutes. However, if you must undergo extraction for an impacted wisdom tooth not visible above the gum line, it entails a surgical removal under local anesthesia and sedation. The procedure is more involved, and the dentist needs at least 60 minutes to remove the tooth.
The dentist must make incisions in your gums to expose the tooth below your gum line. Any bone blocking access to the wisdom tooth needs removal before accessing it for extraction. If the tooth is challenging to remove, the dentist sections it into pieces for comfortable removal. Finally, they clean the surgical site and place sutures for speedy healing. They also place gauze over the surgical site to control bleeding and help blood clot formation.
You can return home after you recover from the anesthesia with after-care instructions from the dentist to ensure you don’t confront complications and recover from the procedure as soon as possible.
Dentists recommend not moving around or getting involved in strenuous activity on the day of wisdom teeth removal. Instead, they advise you to rest by elevating your head and refrain from having hot or complex foods that can irritate the surgical site to dislodge the blood clot. In addition, dentists restrict smoking, consuming alcohol, hot drinks, or using a mouthwash during your recovery because they can harm the blood clot to result in a dry socket.
You experience discomfort from the surgery after the anesthesia wears off. Some swelling on your cheeks also becomes visible besides bruising. Dentists prescribe or suggest taking over-the-counter painkillers to alleviate the pain and use ice packs to control the swelling. If you develop complications like fever, excessive bleeding, and excruciating pain after the surgery, you must contact the dentist for advice because they indicate infections developing in your mouth to need treatment immediately.
If you don’t experience any challenges, you can expect to recover from wisdom tooth removal in approximately three days to get back to your regular activities, but you might need more time if your work involves lifting heavy objects. However, if you have problems with your wisdom teeth, the better option is to eliminate the problem and the problematic tooth impacting your dental and overall health.
Soni Smiles General & Implant Dentistry perform wisdom teeth extractions routinely on teenagers and adults, advising them on the care needed after the removal. If you confront issues with your third molars, consult them to find a solution that helps improve your dental health after a relatively straightforward procedure.