When Is a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Necessary?

man who needs wisdom teeth extracted holds his jaw in pain

Wisdom tooth extraction consists of removing the teeth known as your third set of molars. These are found at the very back of your mouth at the bottom and top. Not everyone has the same number of wisdom teeth. Most people have four, but others may have more, less, or even none. For those who do have them, wisdom teeth frequently cause problems. When is the removal of these teeth necessary?

Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Surgery

There are three common reasons why a person might need their wisdom teeth taken out:

1. Wisdom Teeth Haven’t Emerged All the Way

If your wisdom teeth only partially come out from your gums, it creates a space that’s tricky to clean. This space is a great hiding place for bacteria, which can lead to gum disease and infection.

2. Wisdom Teeth Are Hidden in the Gums

If your wisdom teeth don’t erupt and instead remain hidden in your gums, they can become impacted. This can lead to infection or a cyst, which in turn causes damage to your teeth roots and bone.

3. Wisdom teeth are crowding your other teeth

If your wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to emerge at the proper angles, they can crowd your other teeth. This usually leads to tooth misalignment, pain, and even damage.

What to Know About Wisdom Tooth Removal

If it is determined that you need your wisdom teeth taken out, what is the surgery like?

You Go Under During the Process

You are not awake during surgery, so the process is very quick from your perspective. When you wake up, you will need someone to drive you home, since you will be groggy and probably a bit loopy, as well.

You’ll probably experience discomfort during the healing process

While you’re healing, you will likely experience swelling and tenderness for the first 1-2 weeks. Be sure to follow all the post-surgery instructions to avoid getting dry socket.

If you do feel pain, come in and see us

Pain can mean you might have dry socket, so if you start really hurting, be sure to come back in to see us.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction at Laulani Dental Care

When you feel discomfort in the wisdom tooth area, it’s most likely you will need them extracted. However, you may not have any symptoms, which is why it’s important to have regular checkups, so one of our doctors can take a look!

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