Wisdom Tooth Removal: What To Know

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The unfortunate truth for some is there comes a time where our wisdom teeth outgrow our jawline. You can tell this period in life is here by uncomfortable crowding, swelling, and excessive tenderness in your mouth. For many, there is a need to remove the wisdom teeth due to the pain associated with their arrival. But while not everyone needs tooth removal, the majority of people do. In fact, over 70 percent of people who have had problems with their wisdom teeth have had them removed. So how do you know if it’s time for your wisdom tooth removal?

How To Tell If You Need Tooth Removal

When your wisdom teeth begins to cause pain or damage, it’s time to see a dentist to assess the problem. Your local dentist can provide valuable insights into what kind of issues you’re facing with your wisdom teeth. Through various technologies, like facial x-rays, dentists can paint a vivid picture of what is going on beneath the gums. Because of this tech, your dentist can see that there are a few different reasons to recommend tooth removal for your wisdom teeth.

Impacted Teeth

When your wisdom tooth forms in your mouth but never breaks through the gum line, it’s an impacted tooth. But if only a small part of the tooth is showing, it’s referred to as a partially impacted tooth. You see, wisdom teeth don’t stick to the normal growth pattern of your other teeth. In some cases they grow sideways or at various angles, causing much more damage and pain. This growth pattern can lead to a variety of other oral problems. It’s better for you to nip this in the bud before these issues come to pass.

Pain & Swelling

Pain and swelling are the common telltale signs that it’s time for tooth removal. If you’re experiencing these oral symptoms in any sort of way it’s more than likely due to complications with your wisdom teeth. Some of the more common forms of pain and swelling include: jaw pain, swelling of the gums, difficulty opening your mouth, and tenderness. Only your dentist can tell you if you’re ready for tooth removal, so be sure to consult with your local dentist if you’re experiencing any negative signs. 

Care After Your Tooth Removal

It’s important to be ready to deal with what comes after having your teeth removed. First things first, have someone to drive you home after your appointment as you will typically still be under the effects of anesthesia for quite a while. Full recovery after tooth removal can take up to a week or longer, so call school or work for a few days off. You can expect swelling and tenderness in your gums for around three to four days, with the worst of it being over after the first 24 hours. Additionally, there are certain behaviors to avoid while recovering from a tooth extraction. Anything involving suction with your mouth can cause complications in your recovery. Drinking from a straw, smoking, and spitting fall into this category. It’s also important to only eat soft foods as more complicated foods can get stuck in your mouth can cause further issues. Take care of yourself and you’ll be back to your old self in no time!

Trust Your Experts At Exception Dental

Exceptional Dental is ready to help you with your tooth removal during this busy time. If you have any questions for us about our practices or service options, give us a call at (504) 469-6333 or schedule an appointment with us. If you’re experiencing symptoms that require attention, call us or come in immediately! We’re always ready to lend a helping hand.