Many of us end up needing to have our wisdom teeth removed. Although this is a straightforward dental surgery easily performed as a day procedure by oral surgery clinics, there are several things that you benefit from knowing about before you have it done.
Why have your wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth generally appear between 18 and 25 years of age, and they are the final teeth to come through. Dentists generally recommend having them removed for the following reasons:
They are impacted – it is not uncommon for wisdom teeth to get stuck beneath the surface of the gum, which can lead to pain and infection.
Odd angle – sometimes the wisdom teeth will come through at an angle that is going to place a lot of pressure on your other teeth and could lead to problems such as misalignment of your teeth.
Lack of space – because they come through last, there may not be a great deal of room left in the mouth for them and they might get stuck in the gum with nowhere to emerge.
While wisdom teeth removal done by oral surgery clinics is a straightforward procedure that lasts only around 45 minutes. You are likely to experience some discomfort, swelling and perhaps bruising around your cheeks.
Your dental surgeon will give you post-operative advice, however, the following can help you to recover more quickly:
- Use ice packs on your jaw
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of cool water, but avoid hot drinks and ice-cold water
- Take the medication provided by the oral surgeon carefully
- Eat soft foods for the week following the surgery to avoid pain or further damage to the sore gums around the surgery site.
Wisdom teeth surgery is a simple operation that enjoys quick recovery status when the indications of the dental surgeon are followed.