On average, people develop 32 teeth, yet only 28 fit comfortably inside the mouth. Those four “extra” teeth are colloquially referred to as the wisdom teeth. These teeth get their name due to the fact that they come in between the wise ages of 15-25. For some people, their wisdom teeth come in normally and do not cause any issues or problems. However, for most people, that is not the norm. Because most of the permanent teeth develop in the early adolescent years, they are already well established within the mouth. They have deep roots, and many have already gone through orthodontic treatment to find their best positions inside the mouth. When wisdom teeth erupt and try to push their way into the mouth, crowding can occur or the wisdom teeth can become impacted in the back of the gum line. When there is no room for the wisdom teeth, extreme pressure can cause the neighboring teeth to become misaligned and infected.
Wisdom teeth removal is most often done on a preventative measure to protect the overall health of the mouth and to preserve the enhancements already achieved through orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that is done daily throughout the United States in every state. There are different methods of anesthesia available (local, general, and/or nitrous oxide) that will ensure your comfort is well maintained throughout the entire procedure.
Recovery after the removal requires just a few short days of down time. The holes in the mouth will be stitched up with dissolvable sutures, and patients are given post-operative care instructions. It is very important that patients follow these instructions carefully to prevent any infection or dry socket. Needed recovery items include an ice pack to minimize swelling, strictly following a liquid and soft foods diet, and rinsing your mouth with a specialized solution. Following your instructions will minimize any discomfort and promote prompt healing.
At Siena Dental, we offer comprehensive dentistry services. We stress the importance of preventive care to ensure that your mouth stays as healthy as possible. For a full evaluation of your oral health, or to make an appointment for a dental service, please contact our practice today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Dave Mahon, Siena Dental
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