When you’re a young adult, your dentist will likely recommend to have your wisdom teeth removed. There may be many reasons they advise this to patients, but often times it’s because the wisdom teeth are impacted, or there is not enough room in the patient’s mouth.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, it means they are growing in at another tooth, or if the teeth are angling in a vertical position. If there is not enough room in the mouth, the wisdom teeth will begin shifting the already positioned adult teeth, creating overcrowding.
If your dentist recommends your wisdom teeth to be removed, it is a good idea to follow their instructions, as you will not want to have your wisdom teeth create problems in the oral cavity. If you choose to follow their guidance, your dentist will schedule an extraction with a surgeon.
During this extraction, you will more than likely be put under sedation, for a comfortable surgery. It is typical to have IV sedation during the procedure, so you can easily go through the removal. IV sedation is a strong anesthetic, administered by a specialist, to put you under so you won’t feel a thing.
After your surgery, your mouth will remain numb for a few hours due to the topical anesthetic used, to alleviate pain post-surgery. When your numbness dissipates, you should take your prescribed medication so you don’t feel the pain. Along with these medications, your doctor will give you antibiotics, as this will help fight any infection.
Always follow your dentist post-surgery instructions to ensure you do not have an infection flare up. It is important to remember that wisdom teeth extractions occur on a regular basis and are a normal procedure for doctors. Contact your dentist if you begin to have pain in the back of your mouth, where your molars exist.
If you have any further questions or would like to be provided more information, contact your dental practice. Your dentist and their team of specialists will be able to assist you with any information you may be inquiring about.