Many people in their early twenties or late teens have their wisdom teeth removed. But not everyone has to have these teeth pulled out. While dentists usually have conflicting views regarding this. It’s best to consult with a professional if you think you need to get rid of these teeth. But first, check out the following good reasons for having wisdom teeth removed:
While dental surgery sounds quite scary, wisdom teeth extraction could usually be a better experience than not doing it in terms of the pain related to problems with these teeth. But many people don’t experience any problem when a wisdom tooth emerges and doesn’t have to remove it. In spite of this, most dentists will recommend wisdom teeth removal if you experience these:
1. The teeth do not fit in your mouth:
Most people have enough room for 28 teeth (the number of teeth a person has before wisdom teeth emerge). So four wisdom teeth plus 28 regular teeth equals 32, 32 teeth trying to fit into a small space in your jaw. When your jaw is not big enough, your wisdom teeth could become impacted, meaning they’re not able to erupt completely or they’re misaligned. In such situation, wisdom teeth removal is necessary to have enough room.
2. You feel chronic pain in the gums near the wisdom tooth:
This could be an indication of infection that could happen from wisdom teeth which erupted partially. When bacteria and food are trapped in such areas, it could result in painful infection referred to as pericoronitis. Removing the tooth in such case will prevent more painful infection.
3. The teeth do not emerge straight. If these teeth erupt fully but come out sideways, they could cause your other teeth to shift over time. Also, there’s a chance that misaligned teeth could damage your nearby teeth.
4. Cyst develops around your wisdom tooth. This happens when the sac near your tooth is filled with fluid. When such happens, it could ruin the surrounding structures like tooth roots or bone. In very rare situations, a cyst that’s not treated could result in the development of a tumor which will require a more intense surgical procedure.
Things to Expect from the Procedure
Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon to make sure that you understand the procedure and the care recommendations after the surgery. But before the procedure, ask about the following:
* The number of teeth to be removed: Some dentists will extract all four, or a few at a time.
* The type of anesthesia to be used: Normally, you’ll undergo either general or local anesthesia. If your dentist will use general anesthesia, you’ll need someone to come with you because you’ll become groggy and you won’t be able to drive home.
* The length of the procedure: This depends on the number of teeth to be removed as well as your teeth’s condition, but could range from one hour to several hours.
* Pre-surgery instructions: You may be advised to avoid particular medications like aspirin or blood thinners before the surgery.