If wisdom teeth removal has been recommended for you, chances are you are wondering what to expect.
Hearing that you need an extraction is never fun, but through today’s techniques, it doesn’t have to be something you fear. At Fort Dental Health Group, our dentists practice wisdom teeth extractions which can be performed under sedation for maximum patient comfort. Today, we will explore seven things you should know about wisdom teeth extraction, so you can be well-informed when your surgery day arrives.
Not everyone has wisdom teeth
Lucky them, right? It’s true. While some individuals grow all four wisdom teeth, others may only develop one, two, or three. In some cases, the wisdom teeth never develop at all. This is because modern humans have no need for them. Our ancestors benefited from an extra set of molars, due to their harsh diet and lack of oral hygiene. In fact, many people had lost several teeth by the time their wisdom teeth erupted. Due to an increase in knowledge about oral health and advances in technology, this extra set of teeth is no longer a necessity.
Most dentists recommend extracting wisdom teeth by your early 20’s
In years past, removing wisdom teeth was a controversial practice. However, most dental professionals today agree that removing the third molars actually prevents more serious problems from developing. For this reason, wisdom teeth extractions are recommended around the late teens or early 20’s.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure
Many individuals are nervous about having their wisdom teeth removed. However, it may be helpful to know that this procedure is quite common in dentistry and is performed rather frequently, especially at our dental clinic in Fort Saskatchewan, AB.
Wisdom teeth can cause other complications
Occasionally, wisdom teeth grow in properly with plenty of room and have no effect whatsoever on the adjacent teeth. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen all that often. For most patients, the wisdom teeth become impacted or only partially erupt. This can lead to a number of oral health concerns including infections, decay, and damage to the neighbouring teeth. Combined with preventative care, wisdom teeth removal gives patients a good chance of achieving and maintaining optimal oral health.
You may not always be aware that there is a problem
While many patients experience some degree of discomfort around the back of their mouth, others may not. Just because you do not notice inflammation, tenderness, or redness around the back molars, it does not mean the wisdom teeth are without issues. That is why our team at Fort Dental will routinely assess your teeth and gums during your regular dental visits.
What to expect after wisdom teeth removal
Following your wisdom teeth extraction, you will have dietary restrictions for a few days. You should avoid hard and crunchy foods and plan to eat plenty of soft foods. While this should include healthier options like yogurt and fruit smoothies, it can also include guilty pleasures such as ice cream and milkshakes! What’s not to love?
Recovery can be comfortable if you follow the guidelines
Many people fear wisdom teeth removal because they think it will be painful. While there is always some level of discomfort associated with oral surgery procedures, it is important to understand that much of the pain comes from failing to adhere to post-operative instructions. For example, patients who try to do too much following surgery are more prone to excessive bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. That is why it is important to go home and rest following your procedure. The level of discomfort will also depend on the complexity of the case. Someone who has four impacted wisdom teeth may require more downtime than someone whose teeth are erupted. Before you come in for your surgery, we can help you prepare for your treatment, so you can enjoy a successful recovery.
Learn more about wisdom teeth removal in Fort Saskatchewan
If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, knowing what to expect can help alleviate any worries for fears about the procedure. To learn more about this treatment, or to schedule a consultation at our dental office, call us at 780.998.7165 or contact us online.