Wisdom Teeth Removal
The dull, throbbing ache in the back of your mouth has been bothering you for a couple of days now. You may not want to admit it, but you believe the problem is a wisdom tooth. The most common solution to wisdom teeth pain is wisdom tooth removal.
Wisdom teeth removal is not your typical tooth extraction. The problem with wisdom teeth is often how they grow in. Sometimes they grow in at odd angles. Other times they may remain just below the surface of the gums. Still, other times, the tooth may sit horizontal under the gums. If you think you may need a wisdom tooth removed, come to Stetson Hills Dental for a consultation.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your back molars. There are usually four, two on either of the side on top and two on either side of the bottom. They often make their appearance between 15 and 25 years of age. This is also when related problems may surface.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth have a tendency to grow at awkward angles. This is because they are the furthest back on the jawbone where there is likely not enough room to accommodate them. When they grow in, several potential things that can happen with their position.
- They could grow vertical, as other teeth;
- They could grow horizontal;
- They could grow leaning one way or another, and push on a nearby tooth;
- They may fully erupt, partially erupt, or not erupt at all.
What can I expect after wisdom tooth removal?
It is common for the effects of the local and sedation anesthetic to continue for a few hours after the procedure.
Once the medications have worn off, you may have some discomfort during the first few days. Over-the-counter pain relief can help. Or, the dentist may provide you with a prescription, depending on your situation. If your wisdom tooth was infected, you may need to take an antibiotic for a few days. There will also some bleeding, but that should stop within the first 24 hours. The dentist will go over your aftercare instructions. It is important to follow these instructions to promote healthy healing and recovery.
It’s normal after any extraction to experience pain, bleeding, and sometimes swelling. Bleeding after wisdom tooth extraction can sometimes continue for up to 24 hours. Swelling will usually start to dissipate three days after the procedure.
A common problem after tooth extraction is difficulty or pain opening your mouth. This is also temporary and will go away within a few days usually after the third day. Sometimes your gums are slow to heal. This is especially true if you are diabetic or have another medical condition that slows healing.
Finally, you should also be aware of the risk of a painful condition called dry socket.
What is dry socket?
A couple of things to beware of are doing anything that involves sucking. That’s because sucking changes the pressure in your mouth. After a tooth extraction, a blood clot will form in the socket to protect the empty socket while it begins to heal. Sucking on anything will place your at risk of dislodging the blood clot such as using straw or smoking a cigarette or pipe or cigar.
A blood clot that dislodges too soon can result in dry socket. If you experience dry socket, over-the-counter pain medications may help. Contact Dr. Moore to find out what you should do.
If you have concerns about the risks, contact Stetson Hills Dental for a consultation.
Where can I get my wisdom tooth removed in Colorado Springs, Colorado?
Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain. If you have a wisdom tooth erupting or causing you discomfort, don’t wait for the pain to get worse. Give Stetson Hills Dental a call today at (719) 694-0400 to schedule an exam. Dr. Moore can help you determine if wisdom tooth removal is the best option for you.