Wisdom teeth extractions have become an ordinary procedure that is completed every day. However, for someone that need their teeth extracted, understanding the basics and what to expect is normal and common.
We will give a brief overview of how getting the wisdom teeth extracted, works. We will also explain the timeline of having things completed and recovered after the procedure.
Why get wisdom teeth taken out?
Wisdom teeth can be tricky and a different scenario for each person. Depending on how the teeth are positioned, how other teeth around the area are positioned and if there is room in a person’s mouth for the teeth to come in, will all help determine whether or not the wisdom teeth need to be removed.
For a good majority of people, the teeth either do not have room to come in fully, or they are turned sideways meaning they are ‘impacted’ and would not enter the mouth in a good way. In these cases, it is best to have the wisdom teeth extracted.
This is a common procedure. However, it will be the dentist's decision on which route will be the best for each individual patient.
What happens before the surgery?
If the wisdom teeth do not have room to come in, are impacted, are coming in at a wrong angle or if the patient's mouth is not big enough, they will need to be extracted.
The first step to have this done is to meet with a dentist who performs wisdom teeth extractions. If the case is particularly complicated, the dentist will typically refer the patient to a trusted oral surgeon. The oral surgeon will look at any X-rays that have been taken and inspect the patient's mouth. After this, they will explain how easy the procedure is and that the patient will be under anesthesia the whole time.
How long does it take?
The entire wisdom teeth extraction procedure typically takes less than 45 minutes to complete. Because the patient is under anesthesia, it will seem like only seconds and then they will be on to the next step of recovery. Recovery is required for a few days before a person can use their mouth like normal once again.
Although some people may get fearful when they hear the word “surgery,” it is such a common procedure that this should never detour someone from having it completed! There will be much bigger issues that can come up if it is put off and the teeth do become impacted or begin shifting other teeth in the mouth when they begin pushing up into the gums.
If you have any additional questions about how wisdom teeth extractions work, give us a call. Our staff is always ready to answer any questions you may have and help you understand all the steps and how easy it is to get your wisdom teeth removed. Give us a call!
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