Wisdom teeth, often referred to as the third molars, are the final teeth to come in. In many cases they cause problems, such as severe pain and discomfort. While some people never have problem with their wisdom teeth, others have issues that require wisdom teeth removal. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, here’s a closer look at some of the frequently asked questions surrounding this procedure.
FAQ No. 1 – What are the reasons wisdom teeth may need to be removed?
Some reasons include:
- A badly broken tooth
- Decay that cannot be restored
- Formation of a cyst
- Infection around a wisdom tooth that is partially erupted
- For prosthetic or orthodontic reasons
- Decay of an adjoining tooth caused by a wisdom tooth
FAQ No. 2 – Why are wisdom teeth so tough to remove?
The jawbone in the area is very dense, and theses teeth may have multiple roots. In some cases, the wisdom teeth may even be covered partially by jaw bone and gum.
FAQ No. 3 – How are my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth removal generally requires a cut being made into the gum, which exposes the jawbone. Then, a drill is usually used to free the wisdom tooth so it can be removed.
FAQ No. 4 – Will I feel any pain during the removal?
A good oral surgeon will ensure that you do not feel pain during removal. You may feel some pressure and pushing, but it won’t be painful. Individuals who receive sedation may not even remember having the procedure completed.
FAQ No. 5 – How long will it take to recover?
Everyone is different. The recovery time depends on the number of teeth removed, your speed of healing, and the amount of impaction. It’s normal to have some swelling, soreness, bleeding, and bruising to the area after the removal. Your oral surgeon will prescribe pain medications to help with these symptoms during recovery.