Do you still have your wisdom teeth in place? These third and final molars usually start coming in around the ages of 17 and 25. This also happens to be the time when most people get them removed. After all, keeping them won’t make you wiser. In truth, it’s typically a good idea to have them pulled as soon as possible to prevent any potential complications from happening. If you’re experiencing any issues with your third molars or aren’t sure if they need to be taken out, Dr. Admasu Gizachew can take X-rays and detect any indications of problematic wisdom teeth to determine if a removal is required. Read on or give our team a call today to learn more about wisdom tooth extractions in Eatontown!
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to come out. Like your others, they’re wide, flat, and strong enough to help grind and chew your meals for smoother digestion. They are typically the third molars on both your upper and lower arches and both the left and right side of your mouth. They’re considered “wisdom” teeth only because they come in later in life or once you’ve matured enough.
That said, humans no longer need their wisdom teeth. Due to softer diets, which require less grinding than in the past, our jaws have become smaller than those of our ancestors. Other than not needing them for eating our food, many people don’t even have sufficient room to accommodate their wisdom teeth. In fact, we’ve evolved enough to where some people aren’t born with most or all of their final molars!
In some cases, wisdom teeth won’t cause any issues in the mouth, so they can be left in without any worries. In most, however, they can generally increase the risk of negatively affecting your health, comfort, and overall quality of life if they aren’t pulled. Without sufficient space in the jaw, wisdom teeth can become impacted, or halfway through erupting. On top of causing discomfort, this can create room for debris and harmful bacteria to accumulate, significantly raising the risk of infection. These molars can also come in at an angle and push your nearby teeth, damaging them and forming a misaligned bite.
Your treatment process will depend on how your wisdom tooth is coming in. If it’s erupting at an optimal angle, then our team can likely pull it in-office. However, if your molar is impacted, we’ll refer you to an outside specialist to have them safely extract it. In either case, your mouth will be completely numbed with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable and pain-free. You may likely be sedated so that you’re relaxed throughout the appointment. Your teeth will then either be separated from your gums with a device called an “elevator” or your tooth will be divided into pieces to be removed one piece at a time.
You’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment on the day of your procedure. We’ll provide you with specific aftercare instructions before and after your treatment. These may include using a cold compress and taking prescribed pain relievers before your numbing medication wears off. While facial swelling, soreness, and light bleeding are common symptoms, they’re typically short-lived and easily managed. Be sure to get plenty of rest, as it can take several days to a couple of weeks to recover from your procedure.
If you plan to get wisdom tooth extractions in Eatontown, you won't regret it. Treatment will remove your third molars cleanly and effectively. That said, getting details about this extraction work is still a good idea. You'd then know what to expect from the removal process. Luckily, we at Nu Dental have you covered: here are the answers to common questions about wisdom tooth extraction. Feel free to read them and learn about our procedure. From there, you can call our office to find other relevant facts.
The only permanent cure for pained wisdom teeth is tooth extraction from a dentist. Still, there are ways to relieve the discomfort temporarily.
One approach is to use a cold compress. For this method, wrap a towel around an ice pack and apply it to the outside of your cheek for brief periods. Doing so would reduce swelling and produce a numbing effect.
You could also take medication. For example, over-the-counter pain relievers can stave off wisdom tooth pain for a while.
Lastly, there’s always the option of rinsing with saltwater. The latter mixture can soothe agitated tissues, clear out trapped food debris, and minimize bacterial buildup.
If you have any questions before treatment, please bring them up with your dentist. They’ll happily guide you on how to prepare for surgery. In fact, they’ll likely give you the following tips:
On average, extracting a single wisdom tooth takes 15-20 minutes. Removing all four can thus involve a 90-minute surgery.
Still, the exact timing will depend on your situation. In particular, it might rise or fall based on the tooth’s location, position, or whether it’s impacted. Talk to your dentist, then, to get an estimate of the treatment timeline.
Whatever the situation, though, chances are you’ll think the treatment is short. The dentist will sedate you before treatment, so you won’t feel much time pass.
At a minimum, wait an hour or two after the removal to eat. You’ll need to secure your gauze pads during the first sixty-ish minutes, as they’ll slow down post-procedure bleeding.
Even if you feel hungry, sticking with the waiting period is crucial. Otherwise, chewing with a still-numb mouth could lead you to bite your tongue, lip, or cheek. You could also upset the treatment site and delay your recovery.
Once you’ve waited a couple of hours, you can eat a restricted diet. In particular, stick to foods like soup on the first day. You can move on to soft foods starting the day after. At the four-or-five-day mark, adding heartier foods as you feel comfortable will be fine.