So, you are wondering about wisdom teeth removal – well, you have come to the right place. Here are a few of our most commonly asked questions:
- What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth that most people get in their late teens to early twenties. Most often, people’s jaws cannot fit these teeth – therefore, if they are allowed to come in then the teeth will push your other teeth out of their alignment, a painful and ugly and process.
- Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?
No, it is estimated that 35 percent of people will not have any wisdom teeth.
- Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Most often, the answer is yes. While a rare amount of people will have jaws capable of comfortably fitting their wisdom teeth – the vast majority of people will need to have these teeth removed. Common reasons for removal are because the wisdom teeth do not fit in the person’s mouth, the teeth cause chronic pain in the gums near your wisdom teeth, and the wisdom teeth do not come in straight – thus jutting into your jaw. Last, some people develop cysts around their wisdom teeth.
- When Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
During your bi-annual visit to the dentist, it is routine to have your teeth x-rayed. During this x-ray, your dentist will consult you about the appropriate time for having your wisdom teeth removed. Generally, you will want to have your wisdom teeth removed before problems develop – saving yourself a painful and possibly more expensive procedure down the road.
- What Should I Expect When Getting my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Your dentist will provide you with full details about the procedure beforehand, generally a patient will be put under anesthesia for a quick procedure. An incision will be made in the jaw and several (or all four) of the wisdom teeth will be removed in small sections. After the minor procedure, the dentist will put you on a liquid diet for 24 to 48 hours – during which you will experience minor pain, discomfort and facial swelling. You should be completely healed within a few weeks.