When it comes to wisdom teeth, there is much ground to cover. It can be quite the daunting process. Blue Sky Dental can help you to get through the extravagance with ease and pain-free. From diagnosing a problem to extraction and healing, we have got you covered. To find out what we can do for you, set up an appointment with our friendly staff today.
What is a wisdom tooth?When you are in your late teens or early twenties, most adults experience the growth and eruption of their third set of molars. These are often referred to as wisdom teeth. If you get lucky, you may have no problem with their growth, or may not even get them at all. However, that is very rare, and most patients have trouble with the eruption of these teeth. Wisdom teeth are essentially useless and can cause much damage if left untreated.
Damage Wisdom Teeth Can CauseWisdom teeth can cause a negative effect on not only themselves but the teeth around it or your jaw. These teeth can be painful. Wisdom teeth do not grow in line with the rest of your bite pattern. They often grow at an angle and can damage other teeth as they grow into them, exerting much pressure. This can cause cracked or damaged teeth as well as crowding because your other teeth will try to accommodate the new tooth. This can lead to further damage all over your mouth as your bite pattern is skewed. These teeth often are unable to erupt completely, and their partial exposure makes it easy for food particles and bacteria to collect. Decay is very common in wisdom teeth, and these can spread to the adjacent teeth. It can also lead to gum disease. Wisdom teeth are also commonly afflicted with tumors or cysts.
The Extraction and Post-Extraction ProcessWhen you come in to get your wisdom teeth removed, we will administer an anesthetic, local or general. Then we will make an incision in the gums to expose the tooth so that we can remove it. When it is gone, we can stitch up the area and put gauze on it to absorb the bleeding. After you go home (you will need a ride if you get a general anesthetic), you will need to monitor some things and take care of your sockets. The bleeding should stop within about 12 hours, but a pinkish liquid may still ooze for a day or two. If bleeding persists, call us. If you experience any discomfort or pain following the procedure, an over the counter medication such as Tylenol or Aleve should take care of the problem, and if the pain is too severe or long-lasting, again, call us as soon as possible. A soft diet for the next 24 or so hours is essential, and you must also rinse the area with warm salt water for the next few days to eliminate bacteria.
If you are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth, or want to know more about them, call us at Blue Sky Dental today. Our experts can help you find the best possible treatment plan.
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