WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?
Early people did not have luxuries like kitchens, grocery stores, or eating utensils (knives, forks), therefore they had to eat what was available, even though it may be tough or uncooked. This made the late development of the third molars really helpful, which fit well in their broader jawbone. Modern humans have changed to have a slimmer jaw; however, we still get our third molars, which aren't needed and usually won't fit. More commonly called the wisdom teeth, these final molars typically have to be removed to prevent issues, such as impaction, pain, and infection. Our seasoned staff at DentalWorks - Wake Forest performs surgical tooth extraction for Wake Forest, NC patients of all ages. Using advanced diagnostic tools, our team helps patients decide whether they need wisdom tooth removal, which our team performs with modern techniques for a quicker recovery. Keep reading to find out more about wisdom teeth extraction before you get in touch with our practice in Wake Forest, NC to schedule an appointment for yourself or your family.
WHEN DO WISDOM TEETH DEVELOP?
Your third molars are the last teeth to grow, usually when you are all about seven years of age. Although, the third molars do not really erupt until a person's late teens or early twenties. In contrast, the remainder of your adult (permanent) teeth begin to appear when a child is about 6 years old and are completely developed by the age of 13 years old. Though it is rare, some people do not have all four of their third molars, and very rarely, a couple of lucky individuals never get any of their wisdom teeth.
DO MY WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE REMOVED?
Considering that the modern human jawbone is smaller and our daily diet is not as tough on our other molars, there's usually insufficient space for your wisdom teeth when they're prepared to erupt from the gumline. In most cases, when the third molars aren't removed by a dentist, then they could become impacted. An impacted tooth is not able to fully erupt from the gumline so that it may lead to an infection called pericoronitis. Symptoms of an impacted tooth are swelling of the gums near the tooth, discomfort in your ear or nearby teeth, difficulty chewing or opening your mouth, in addition to chronic halitosis (bad breath). While most people need to have their third molars removed to avoid an infection or impaction, a few people can keep their third molars. The choice to remove or keep your third molars ought to be made with your dental team.
WHEN SHOULD I GET MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?
Ideally, people should have their third molars extracted before they are 20 years old. After this, the third molars have stronger roots and therefore are more challenging to extract. While not everybody will have to have their third molars extracted, should you, it is advisable to do it when you are young. The extraction procedure is harder and the recovery generally takes more time in adults. Ideally, you're seeing your dentist in Wake Forest, NC for yearly oral health examinations with x-rays so that they can track the growth of your wisdom teeth and plan an extraction when it's a good time. If you aren't seeing a dentist regularly, schedule a consultation if your teeth have been moving, you've got swelling and pain near your back teeth, or a sense of pressure in your jaw. These are symptoms that your third molars are about to erupt and your dental team will have the ability to determine whether they need to be extracted to avoid an impaction or infection.
HOW ARE WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?
Your third molars are taken out using a surgical extraction procedure when the teeth haven't completely erupted out of the gums. During your consultation, your dental team will talk about your sedation choices according to your surgery and anxiety level. Many people will be given IV (intravenous) sedation so they're unconscious throughout the procedure, although others might be given a mix of local anesthesia and "laughing" gas or even oral-conscious medicine. No matter which sedation is used, your dentist will be certain you're comfortable before the surgery starts. To get to the teeth, the dentist will create an incision in your gum tissue over your wisdom tooth. The molar will be extracted with specific tools and the gums will be cleaned before the incision is closed with stitches. This will be repeated until all the wisdom teeth have been removed.
WHAT'S THE RECOVERY LIKE AFTER WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION?
During your first appointment, your dental team will outline exactly what to expect during and following your wisdom tooth extraction. It is important to understand and comply with your aftercare directions to prevent complications such as a dry socket or infection. Based on the kind of sedation administered, you will likely have to have someone take you home after your appointment. You should aim to rest for the remainder of the day; however, a couple of days is generally recommended. Many patients prefer to stick to a liquid or soft food diet following their surgical dental extraction. It is advised to not use a straw, smoke, chew tobacco, or spit to prevent dislodging the blood clot that develops in the gums. You should wash out|] your mouth for the first day or two until you return to softly brushing. Your dentist can write you a prescription for pain relievers or antibiotics that will assist you heal after extraction. In a couple of days, your mouth will feel and look far better, so get in touch with your dentist if you've got a fever, swelling, pain, pus, or other issues.
CAN WISDOM TEETH GROW BACK AFTER EXTRACTION?
Once your third molars have been extracted, they won't grow back. However, in a really small percentage of people, there's another set of molars that can erupt. Also called supernumerary teeth, such additional teeth grow in approximately 1 – 2 percent of individuals. Should you have additional teeth, your dentist will have the ability to see these with x-rays in your yearly oral health evaluation. Based upon the location of the additional teeth grow, your dentist will suggest an extraction.