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Extracting Wisdom Teeth

Posted on 1/9/2023 by Dr. John Abajian
Extracting Wisdom TeethIf your dentist recommends that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, don't be alarmed! Dentists will recommend wisdom teeth removal for people whose teeth are impacted. If you have wisdom teeth that have fully grown in but aren't causing any pain or crowding, the choice is ultimately left up to you if you want them to be removed or not.

What Are Impacted Teeth

When wisdom teeth don't fully erupt because of other teeth blocking them, they become impacted. Since they are blocked, they typically remain below the gum line surface, and instead of standing upright, they lie horizontally. The problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth are that they can collide with the roots of your molars and cause much pain and lead to other severe dental issues. Impacted wisdom teeth also create a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque to develop and spread, leading to cavities.

After Having Wisdom Teeth Removed

After removal, you will experience bruising, swelling, discomfort, and bleeding. Most likely, you will be prescribed pain killers to relieve your pain. It usually takes someone 3-4 days to heal and recover. But in some cases, it can take up to a week or so. After surgery, correct aftercare is essential in eliminating getting a dry socket. A blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth was before it was removed. This blood clot is there to protect the nerves and bone underneath. When that clot becomes dissolved or dislodged, a dry socket can occur because the nerve is exposed to fluid, food, and air, making the healing process very painful and prolonging it. If you notice any unusual symptoms after getting your wisdom teeth extracted, it is best that you contact your oral surgeon as soon as possible. Complications such as infection are possible, so it's best to stay on top of your oral health and follow aftercare instructions correctly. If your symptoms are abnormal, be proactive and call your dentist or oral surgeon right away.

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