For most people, the growth of wisdom teeth and its removal are usually considered rites of passage, much like the growth of a big child’s first permanent tooth. Not all preconceived notions of the wisdom tooth are true, however.
Wisdom teeth need to be removed. When your wisdom tooth appears, it is best to see an Oshawa dentist. You don’t go to the dental clinic expecting to have your wisdom tooth removed, however. Wisdom teeth are only removed in cases when:
*They are impacted and are not fully erupted
*They undermine the health of your gums
*They cause stress on your other teeth, leading to cavities
*They affect the way you bite and move your jaw.
In some cases, when the wisdom tooth is not affecting your bite, is fully erupted, and has proven to be harmless to your neighboring teeth, extraction is unnecessary. Your Oshawa dentist will assess the risks and benefits or wisdom tooth extraction and tell you if you should have your tooth removed or if it is fine just the way it is.
You can go to the dental clinic and have your tooth extracted right away. Usually, when you meet with your Oshawa dentist for your first consultation, you are not prepped for dental surgery or extraction right away. This is because your health and your teeth growth need to be assessed first. To make the actual extraction smooth, your dentist will ask you to have xrays performed on the site first. This way, s/he can see the growth pattern of your teeth. This will be the deciding factor of whether or not it is necessary to remove your wisdom tooth.
Wisdom tooth removal is awfully painful. The procedure itself is relatively pain free, so this notion, once again, is untrue. You will be given a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain as your Oshawa dentist does the procedure on your wisdom tooth. If you, like many adults, suffer from the fear of dental procedures, you can also request for a sedative. This will cost a little extra, but it can keep you very calm during your dental procedure.
You can expect your Oshawa dentist to close the operative/extraction would with sutures. The sutures will be removed on your next visit, usually leaving the gum open to dry.
Post-operative or post-extraction recovery is very painful. As is the case with any surgery or extraction, patients could expect to experience pain afterwards. This pain can last anything between a few days to a little more than a week. There are medicines to help manage the pain, however, and to counter any possible infections which could happen during recovery. Patients will be prescribed with pain medication and antibiotics, and will be allowed to recover in their homes. Taking the next two days off from work right after the procedure is advised as some bleeding in the gums may occur. The dentist can also prescribe a medicinal mouth wash to help clean the site, and during the recovery area, the patient will have to be on a soft diet.
All in all, though, as long as you have a capable dentist, wisdom tooth extraction is not a frightening event. If you are wondering if you need your wisdom tooth extracted, and for any other dental concerns, visit our clinic at 26 Gibbons St, Oshawa, ON L1J 4X7. You can also schedule an appointment by calling (905) 576-4537.
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