Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that your dentist may perform in his office within two hours. If your tooth requires extraction or is impacted deeply, your dentist will recommend you to an oral surgeon who will then carry out an in-depth surgical process. Here are three things you should know before having your wisdom teeth removed:
Why Do You Need A Wisdom Tooth (Teeth) Removal?
A wisdom tooth is removed to correct or prevent problems that may occur when they come in. These include:
- Your jaw may be too small to support them and the wisdom teeth may become impacted
- Your wisdom teeth may cause a flap of gum tissue to develop over them after breaking partway through your gums. Food debris and germs will become trapped beneath the flap and result in swelling and reddening of the gums.
- One or more wisdom teeth may come out at a weird angle, causing pain and discomfort.
What Problems Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Prevent?
Wisdom teeth removal helps fix the following problems:
- Crowding of the back teeth
- Impacting on the wisdom tooth (inability of the tooth to come out of the gums)
- Presence of tooth decay and gum disease in the wisdom tooth, which may become difficult to clean
What Are The Risks of Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Once the tooth has been removed, you may experience:
- Swelling and pain in your tooth socket and gums where the tooth was initially removed.
- Slow-healing gums
- Unstoppable bleeding for around 24 hours
- Painful and uncomfortable inflammation known as dry socket, which is the result of a lost protective blood clot
Prior to the procedure, it is best to discuss the risk factors with your dentist and the appropriate ways to avoid it, to ensure your comfort and convenience.