Wisdom Teeth Removal – Prevent Unnecessary Pain
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt, and they normally appear between the ages of 18 and 22. Most people are born with four extra molars: two on top and two below the gum line. This can cause major dental problems because the rest of your teeth are correctly positioned in your mouth by this age. At Yerba Buena Dentistry, we recommend removing your wisdom teeth as soon as they become noticeable. This will help you avoid a wide range of dental problems in the future. To learn more about wisdom teeth removal, continue reading below!
What to Expect
Your third pair of molars are located at the back of your mouth and often come in at an angle. This pushes all of your other teeth forward, causing pain and severe toothache. You should remove your wisdom teeth before they become a big issue. The removal of your wisdom teeth is a surgical treatment. As a result, we provide and strongly recommend one of our various sedation options to help alleviate any potential pain. Sedation alternatives will be reviewed during your appointment prior to surgery to ensure that we do what is best for you.
The procedure itself is short, and you should experience little to no discomfort. The surgeon will start by cutting the gum line open and exposing your jaw bone. It is sometimes essential to gain access to the jaw bone, but most of the time, only the tooth socket will need expanding for the removal. The surgeon can then pull each tooth with ease. After that, the holes will be cleansed and sewn shut. You will not feel any pain during the removal process. It is our number one priority to make sure you are entirely comfortable.
Wisdom Teeth Recovery
Due to the sedative drug, you cannot drive after your surgery. Make arrangements for a ride home after your appointment. The amount of time it takes for each patient to fully recover after wisdom tooth extraction varies, but the typical recovery time is about one week. Following your wisdom teeth removal, you may experience discomfort and swelling in your mouth. To aid with swelling, we advise ice or a cold compress. The removal of your teeth likely tightened your jaw bone. The doctor will prescribe a pain reliever to aid with any long-term pain. It is critical that you follow the directions of all prescribed medications.
We recommend eating soft, room-temperature meals during the first few days after surgery. Straws should not be used since the sucking sensation can cause dry sockets and fall out to stitches. We also recommend rinsing your mouth with saltwater throughout the day to prevent infection. Make sure you get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. This will aid in the recuperation process. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns during your healing period.
Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
- You’ll have all of your teeth in place by the time your wisdom teeth erupt. If they are not removed, they might cause overcrowding and misalignment.
- Wisdom teeth that emerge at an angle might push all of your other teeth forward, resulting in severe toothache and pain.
- Wisdom teeth are tucked away in a hard-to-reach area. If they do not receive good oral hygiene, they are more prone to acquire decay.
At Yerba Buena Dentistry, we are completely equipped to remove wisdom teeth. We recognize that the operation may appear inconvenient at first, but it has the ability to save you from several future dental problems. Please contact our office in San Francisco, California, if you have any questions.