As you pass middle age, the teeth and gums in your mouth begin to change and shrink. At least 53% of people at the age of 25 had wisdom teeth that start to grow into the jaw and come into the mouth. Or at least, that’s what’s meant to happen.
As more people are getting wisdom teeth removal in order to prevent greater problems down the road, you need to know what happens to the wisdom teeth after they’re removed, as well as how to prevent problems.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.
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When Is the Best Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth
There isn’t really a definitive answer as to whether or not you can keep your wisdom teeth. It still depends on the individual situation.
If your impacted wisdom teeth are causing problems (crowding, pain, etc.), then it is probably best to have them removed. However, if they are not causing any problems, then you may be able to keep them.
How Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Done
Wisdom teeth removal can be a very simple or very complicated procedure depending on the position of the wisdom teeth and the amount of bone surrounding them. This process is called a mucoperiosteal flap.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will numb your mouth and/or give you general anesthesia. Next, they will make an incision in your gums to expose the wisdom tooth and bone.
If they are impacted (stuck and growing sideways), your dentist or oral surgeon will need to remove some bone around the tooth to expose it. The tooth will then be removed, along with any necessary bone.
The area will be stitched closed, and you will be given specific instructions for post-operative care.
Factors to Consider Before Getting Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal can be a very invasive procedure, and it is important to weigh all of the pros and cons before making a decision. These are some factors to consider before having a wisdom teeth removal:
For some people, the cost of wisdom teeth removal may be a deciding factor. Wisdom teeth removal can be very expensive, and it is important to make sure that you can afford the procedure before you have it done.
An important factor to consider is pain. Wisdom teeth removal can be a very painful experience, and it is important to make sure that you are prepared for the pain before you have the procedure done.
Consider the recovery time. Wisdom teeth removal can be a very difficult recovery, and it is important to make sure that you are prepared for the recovery before you have the procedure done.
Although wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, there are risks involved. These risks include infection, damage to the nearby teeth, and nerve damage.
In addition, there is a small risk of developing a dry socket, which is a painful condition that can delay healing.
Making a Decision
Wisdom teeth removal can be a difficult decision to make. We’ve covered the things you should consider and it is important to weigh all of these factors before making a decision.
Talk to your dentist and ask all the questions you need to in order to make an informed decision.
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