Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Going to the dentist is not something that you are going to hear people say they like doing – especially when it’s for more than just your normal cleaning. Folding mismatched socks seems more fun than getting a cavity filled, a cracked tooth repaired or having your wisdom teeth taken out. However, dentists do truly want to help your pain go away and get your mouth to go back to normal when it comes to issues you may develop. Luckily, there are professionals available for any issue you may have whether it is a simple filling or a more difficult wisdom tooth extraction.
How Do I Know If That’s What I Need?
If you visit your dentist regularly, you probably already know that your wisdom teeth, at some point or another, should be removed for your own comfort. Dentists will keep an eye on things and most likely won’t want to do anything with them until they become impacted or start to develop infections or become painful. If you are one of the lucky ones, you may not even have any wisdom teeth at all – some people just simply never get them. Usually, your dentist will start to more thoroughly check on your wisdom teeth when you turn 16 or so, which is the most common time for wisdom tooth problems to start to develop. That being said, wisdom teeth can erupt into your mouth anytime between 16-25 and even at older ages and they can become problematic during any of these time.
You will begin to notice different things in your mouth that are good indicators that it may be getting close to that time when a dentist needs to remove them: inflammation can occur in your gums and back of your mouth, pain when chewing in the back of your mouth, infections, and even cysts. For the most part, wisdom teeth need more room to grow than the majority of people have in their mouth. This can cause the inflammation because they are trying to expand and have nowhere to go. Inflammation can lead to the painful chewing, which can lead to infections and cysts developing as well. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to see your dentist, immediately.
Consultation Before Surgery
It is important to have a consultation with your dentist before you schedule any type of wisdom tooth extraction surgery. In some cases, the wisdom teeth may not be impacted, which means you could have the procedure done right then and there by your general dentist. If they are more complicated, your dentist will refer you to a specialist to have them removed surgically. Your dentist will use a panoramic x-ray machine to take pictures of your wisdom teeth and the roots to assess the situation and discuss which option is best for you.
A free consultation is always available to you if you feel the need to get your wisdom teeth looked at. For more information, contact us for a free consultation. Main Street Dental Team is here to help you with any type of tooth issue you may have and keep things, pain free for you. Call us today!