Removal of wisdom teeth is very commonly done in the United States. However, nobody ever looks forward to getting a wisdom tooth removed – unless it’s causing some severe pain. Let’s look at seven facts about extracting wisdom teeth that will help make your next appointment at M2 Dental more pleasant.
Every year, there are 10 million teeth removed from the mouth of patients. Removal of molars is often recommended to patients to avoid future dental problems. Some patients may have all four wisdom teeth erupt, while others may have less than 4 or none at all.
The wisdom tooth can cause oral health problems and even life-threatening conditions.
Wisdom teeth are not bad, but they can cause several issues to your oral health and even lead to life-threatening conditions developing. These molars can be the source of infections, cysts, damage to nearby teeth along with the gums, tumors, and decay.
While the removal of these teeth often involves surgery, you may not need more than local anesthesia to be comfortable during the procedure. You won’t feel any pain, and your dentist is there to take care of you and make sure you’re comfortable the entire time.
Many dental professionals recommend removing the wisdom teeth before they’ve fully developed, which can be done during adolescence or your adulthood. Doing so lowers the risk of complications and speeds up recovery.
Sometimes, there can be problems with your wisdom teeth that do now show any symptoms. To be sure of your oral health, visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.
Once you’ve had a tooth removed, you will need to eat soft foods for a while. These can include tasty treats like yogurt and ice cream, so you can have fun while recovering and managing pain.
The amount of time needed to recover can depend on your specific dental issues, but often patients are back to their normal routine within a few days. To make a recovery even faster, you can try avoiding physical activity as well as activities like smoking and drinking through a straw.