If your dentist says that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you may be wondering what that means.

As you grow and age, your mouth will go through a variety of changes, one of the biggest being the appearance of your third molars, or your wisdom teeth. This usually occurs between the ages of 17 and 25. Most scholars believe that humans have this third set of molars as an evolutionary answer to eating things like raw meat and vegetables. While having extra teeth may not seem like a big issue, many people have wisdom teeth removed because they don’t have enough room in their mouths for them.

Other reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed include:

You Are Experiencing Tooth Pain Or Irritation
When wisdom teeth start to grow, it can lead to discomfort of the gums, mouth, and teeth. It’s important to visit your local dentist if you’re experiencing these symptoms, as they will be able to identify the root cause of the pain (which in most cases is due to wisdom teeth).

Your Wisdom Teeth Are Emerging Crooked
If your wisdom teeth have started to emerge crooked, it can shift your other teeth and may make it difficult to floss and brush your teeth. This can lead to a slew of dental issues down the line, and may be a clear indication that it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed by your local dentist.

You Have Developed Unusual Sinus Issues
Did you know that your wisdom teeth can lead to sinus issues? This happens when the wisdom teeth in your upper jaw start to come in. Once the roots of the teeth have developed, they will start to push up against your sinuses, putting unwanted pressure on them. This can result in uncomfortable sinus pain, headaches, and congestion.

Do I Absolutely Have To Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

No. In fact, some people live with wisdom teeth their entire lives. Sometimes it’s not recommended to remove wisdom teeth because it can cause them to shift. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, it is usually best to remove them.

When wisdom teeth are impacted, it means that the teeth are buried in your soft tissue or your jaw bone (completely or partially). This makes you more susceptible to oral diseases and other problems. An impacted wisdom tooth can also be associated with pain, swelling, bleeding gums, numbness, bad breath, and headaches.

What Does Wisdom Teeth Treatment Involve?

Wisdom teeth extraction is the most common treatment for wisdom teeth symptoms, and the procedure is usually performed at your local dentist or oral surgeon’s office. First, your dentist will numb the teeth, gums, and tissue around your wisdom teeth with a local anesthetic. You’ll start to feel some funny tingles around the surgery site, which is totally normal, before your entire mouth goes numb. Your oral surgeon may test the anesthetic by applying pressure to your gums. If you still feel pain in the area, your dentist may apply more anesthetic before getting started.

If your wisdom tooth is covered by excess gum tissue, your oral surgeon will carefully cut a small incision to expose the tooth being extracted. He or she will then work to loosen any connective tissue around the tooth using special dental tools before removing the entire tooth from your mouth.

What Is The Healing Process Like And What Should You Expect?

Assuming you follow your oral surgeon’s instructions after your wisdom tooth removal, you can expect the healing process to go smoothly. Initially after the surgery, your dental provider may ask you to bite down on a piece of gauze for an extended period of time. This is an extra measure that is used to stop the bleeding.

The first two hours after your oral surgery you should avoid talking, eating and drinking. This will promote healing in your gums and mouth, so you shouldn’t brush your teeth or rinse your mouth for at least 12 hours after the procedure.

You’ll also experience a good amount of swelling around your mouth, cheeks, and eyes after the surgery. This is the body’s normal reaction to invasive surgery, and any swelling you experience should go down after a few days. To help reduce swelling, you can apply a bag of ice to the side of your face where the teeth were removed.

Some patients experience feelings of nausea after their wisdom teeth have been removed. This is usually a common side effect of sedation and general anesthesia.

My Ashburn Dentist: Oral Surgeons In Ashburn

If you’ve started to notice symptoms of wisdom tooth pain or you need to schedule an appointment for wisdom tooth removal, schedule an appointment with the oral surgeons at My Ashburn Dentist today. We’ll conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and jaw before determining the best dental treatment for you.