What a Family Dentist Near You Wants You to Know About Wisdom Teeth

Did you know that according to the American Dental Association (ADA) that one of the top ten topics of most interest are wisdom teeth and problems associated with their eruption and removal?

Part of this interest may be due to the fact that, according to the ADA, “Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space for them to surface or they come through in the wrong position.”

They go on to point out the importance of partnering with a dentist near you to help monitor for signs of complications which we’ll discuss in this article.

If you have any immediate questions about your wisdom teeth and the possible need for their extraction, please make an appointment today with Dental Now 14 for a consultation and treatment plan.

The ADA Provides a Listing of When Wisdom Teeth Extraction is Needed

We’d like to point out that every patient will have a unique scenario contributing to their need for wisdom teeth extraction.

That’s why it’s important to have a family dentist who can treat the individual dental needs of your entire family.

But if you’re interested in knowing what your dentist will be looking for while monitoring the need for this type of surgical dental extraction, the ADA states the following five reasons.

  • When your wisdom teeth are not emerging in the correct position, food can become trapped and create areas of increased risk of bacteria and decay.
  • If your wisdom teeth have not erupted from your gums properly, it can become increasingly difficult for you to floss the back area of their mouth, which again increases the risk of bacteria and decay.
  • When a wisdom tooth only partially emerges – and then stops – the gum tissue surrounding the area can become not only painful but also prone to infection.
  • If there is not enough room in a patient’s mouth to accommodate the size of the fully emerged wisdom tooth, there is an increased risk of damage to a patient’s surrounding teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth can become impacted – which means they are unable to break through your gum surface. When this happens, you run the risk of a cyst developing which could, in turn, destroy the bone structure that’s supporting your teeth.

If it’s been a while since you visited a dentist near you for an annual exam and dental x-rays, you may not be aware of the positioning of your wisdom teeth – and you may be closer to needing an extraction than you realize.

Dental x-rays are one form of preventive dentistry that is always recommended. Not only to prepare for a possible wisdom tooth extraction but as a way to stay ahead of possibly needing other dental work such as root canals and dental crowns.

What to Expect After a Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Your oral surgeon will provide you with a full set of post-operative instructions that are tailored to your individual needs after your wisdom tooth extraction procedure.

It’s important that you follow these instructions as recommended.

Although each patient will be different, some general guidelines that will apply to everyone include keeping the area protected with the gauze packing material your dentist will provide, sticking to a soft or liquid diet for the first 24 to 48 hours, and taking pain medication that has been prescribed, provided, or recommended by your oral surgeon.

It’s also pretty common for some patients to experience nausea and/or vomiting after the procedure. If you find yourself in this category, you may want to not take your pain medication until after these symptoms have subsided.

If you find that you remain sick to your stomach, your dentist may want to see you on an emergency basis or may prescribe a different type of pain medication to help you through the transition.

Another Post-Extraction Tip

We realize that not everyone smokes, but if you are a smoker, it’s critically important that you not give in to the habit for as long as possible after your extraction procedure. The reason is that smokers often heal more slowly in the gum area than non-smokers, plus they often experience more pain than their non-smoking counterparts.

As a final note, wisdom tooth extractions in Gainesville and Norcross, GA do not have to leave you feeling like you’re “just a number” in a dental practice.

When you partner with caring dentists like Dr. Shamin Cyrus and Dr. Amir Zenedini at Dental Now 14, you’ll be sure to be treated like family!

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