Wisdom teeth are an inconvenient aspect of getting older and are often one of the first major hurdles young people face as they transition into adulthood. Understanding what wisdom teeth are and what can be done about them is helpful in managing their unexpected appearance.
Wisdom teeth are a holdover from a time when human jaws were larger. The smaller jawline of modern humans leaves no room for these excess teeth, creating a situation where they put pressure on your mouth and potentially cause pain. Even in cases where a patient feels nothing, wisdom teeth can still wreak havoc on surrounding teeth that simply have nowhere else to go.
Knowing when to have wisdom teeth pulled can be difficult to determine on your own. Pain is often the first sign, which usually presents as a dull ache in the jaw that worsens with chewing. Major shifts in the position of teeth and soreness in the gums can be a sign of overcrowding or even impaction, which can lead to additional problems.
The good news is that removing wisdom teeth is a common and straightforward procedure. Standard removal can be done by your dentist, or in the case of a complex situation, by an oral surgeon. After your wisdom teeth are removed, surgical dental sutures are used to close the wound. You will be given medication to assist with swelling and to ease any pain you experience and the wound will be allowed to heal on its own.
While wisdom tooth extraction involves a minor amount of pain, it is far less than what you could experience from an infection or complications from overcrowding. If you suspect your wisdom teeth are creating problems, we invite you to visit our office for a check-up. We would be more than happy to take a look and let you know what your options are.
R+R Dental provides cosmetic family dentistry to the residents of Hicksville and surrounding areas. Our team of dental professionals is committed to ensuring your complete satisfaction and comfort. You can make an appointment through our website or by phone at 516-874-7834. We look forward to making you smile!