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Many people experience a problem with impaction when it comes to their wisdom teeth. Let's take a moment right now to consider this matter and why extraction of wisdom teeth is a good idea.
Wisdom teeth at an extra set of molars that grow in behind your rear molars. These teeth tend to come in when a person is in his or her late teens or early twenties. They are not necessary teeth to have since your existing rear molars are able to mash food and help in the chewing process on their own.
An impacted wisdom tooth refers to a wisdom tooth that is growing in crooked and placing pressure on your adjacent rear molars. These teeth often place pressure inward on your existing teeth.
The following kinds of dental problems may be the result of impacted wisdom teeth:
If your wisdom teeth are growing in crooked and placing pressure on your teeth, it's a good idea to undergo an extraction. This relieves pressure on your existing permanent teeth and prevents serious dental health and general wellness issues down the road.
During the wisdom tooth removal process, patients are typically placed under general anesthesia to prevent undue discomfort and anxiety.
Your oral surgeon will make incisions in the gum tissue to access the roots of the wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are then extracted following exposure of the root structure. If the teeth are difficult to remove whole, you surgeon may break the wisdom teeth into pieces in order to remove the teeth in question.
When recovering from wisdom tooth removal surgery, patients will be on a liquid and soft food diet, which allows them to receive nourishment without chewing and potentially affecting the incision sites. Prescription medications may be used to address soreness after surgery.
Full post-op instructions will be provided during the consultation process. In general, patients may want to take two days off of work (depending on when the surgery is performed and the patient's work schedule) in order to dedicate time to resting and recovery.
For more information about wisdom tooth extraction and your many other options for effective dental care, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Glenn and the entire team look forward to your visit and going over all of your health and wellness needs.
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