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What to Do if You Need Wisdom Tooth Removal

Posted by Fabio on Friday, May 18, 2018

Wisdom teeth often take years to appear, appearing by the time you have reached your late teenage years or even into your twenties. Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, but not everyone will develop them. There are 4 possible wisdom teeth in total, emerging from your gum towards the back of your mouth. Removing a wisdom tooth may need to take place for a number of different reasons, especially if they are causing you prolonged pain. It’s helpful to understand the nature of wisdom teeth, and what to do if they are bothering you or if you need them removed.

Wisdom teeth can often cause problems because they are competing for space amongst your existing teeth. In some cases, you might experience swelling, pain and infections. The best way to rectify these problems is by having your wisdom teeth removed.

Having your wisdom tooth removed

There are a variety of reasons for wisdom tooth removal, all of which will help to relieve symptoms and problems that you may be experiencing. The emergence of your wisdom teeth may push other teeth and damage them, often resulting in pain. Likewise, issues with wisdom teeth can cause sinus problems including congestion and pressure.

You may experience inflamed gums that make it harder to clean that area of your mouth, while cysts can form around new teeth which, if left untreated, can cause nerve damage in your jaw.
While it’s unlikely you will encounter such problems, it’s important to be aware of them and know what to do if they occur.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

The procedure of wisdom teeth removal is usually carried out under conscious IV sedation and local aesthetic, which will numb your teeth and any surrounding tissue. This means you won’t experience any pain during the procedure. There is a chance you will feel some pressure, but it is only a mild discomfort and shouldn’t cause too much distress.

If you are particularly nervous or anxious about having your wisdom tooth removed, you should consider taking a sedative to make sure you are calm. Note that if you do this, you will not be able to drive and someone will need to pick you up after the surgery.

Don’t be alarmed if you experience bleeding or swelling after having your wisdom tooth removed; this is completely normal and will reduce.
If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, or they are starting to cause you discomfort or pain, then why not get in touch with us today to discuss the wisdom tooth removal process. All our dentists are qualified and ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have surrounding the procedure.

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