Most people know the pain that impacted wisdom teeth caues. Almost all of us have been through it or will go through it at some point in our lives. Wisdom tooth removal is just considered to be a part of life for most of us that we do not even think about it when the time comes to have the procedure done.
Still, having this type of dental procedure can be scary for many patients.
Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common procedures done in the dentist offices across the US today. Every single day there are countless people having the procedure all across the country. It is as commonplace as having your teeth cleaned. That being said, the procedure is quite difficult and should in most instances be performed by an oral surgeon.
To remove impacted teeth, the dentist has to cut into the overlying tissue of the gum in order to reach the entire tooth. There are times when the dentist will have to remove parts of the bone as well and the tooth may even have to be sectioned off in order to remove it completely.
After the procedure
After you have had wisdom tooth removal, you will need to get plenty of rest. The oral surgeon will prescribe prescription painkillers so driving will be out of the question immediately after the procedure. You will be given instructions on cleansing the areas where the teeth were removed and how to avoid infection and dry socket.
Dry socket is a very painful healing complication from tooth extraction. It is actually not quite clear what causes dry socket, but many dental experts claim that if you drink through a straw or smoke after having your teeth extracted, you are more likely to develop the condition. It is very important that you follow the instructions that your oral surgeon gives you about post-extraction mouth care so you avoid any healing complications.
For many patients there are some complications to wisdom tooth removal. One of them, as was already mentioned, is dry socket. Some other complications are sharp pieces of bone surfacing as the extraction site heals, nerve damage of other teeth, sinus wall perforation, and infection. The chances of developing any of these complications depend on several factors so do not be surprised if you have at least one of them. There are ways to treat every single complication, so as soon as you notice any abnormality during your healing process, contact your dentist immediately.
The best advice when you get pain that feels like wisdom teeth symptoms is to not ignore it, or else it may infect the adjacent teeth and cause more pain and more problems. Therefore the best choice is to visit to your dentist seek his opinion and if there is confirmation that the wisdom teeth are causing problems, then ask for a referral to an oral surgeon.