A wisdom tooth is the most posterior of the three molars in each quadrant of the mouth. Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 11 and 18. Many adults have four wisdom teeth though it is possible to have fewer. Sometimes wisdom teeth can have an adverse effect on the other teeth by growing in sideways or becoming impacted. If this happens they will need to be removed.
Getting your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Your wisdom teeth will need to be removed if you are experiencing nay of the following in that area of your mouth:
- toothache or gum pain
- infections in the soft tissue behind a wisdom tooth
- damage to surrounding teeth
- gum disease
- tooth decay
Your wisdom teeth can be removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Often the procedure is performed at the surgeon’s office. If you have an oral infection you will be prescribed antibiotics.
You may be given a general anesthetic. In this case you will sleep through the whole procedure. You should not eat or drink for at least eight hours before the procedure.
The surgeon will open the gum covering the wisdom tooth and remove any bone that is covering the molar. The tissue connecting the tooth to the bone is removed and the tooth is extracted. The surgeon may cut the wisdom tooth into smaller pieces to facilitate removal. You may need stitches to close up the tissue after removal. You will have stiches that dissolve over time.
Recovering from Wisdom Tooth Removal
You will use a gauze pad on the extraction site to soak up any bleeding. This must be changed regularly until the bleeding stops. Applying an ice pack to your face may help alleviate discomfort for the first 72 hours after surgery. For the first 2-3 days you should eat soft foods then gradually add solid foods as your gums heal.
Here at Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we are dedicated to providing the best oral and facial skeletal surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and facial skin care available in northwest Georgia. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. If you need a wisdom tooth removed, contact us today to find out more.