Your wisdom teeth are called your third molars, as they are the last set and very back teeth that come into your mouth. Wisdom teeth normally emerge in the late teen years when all of your permanent teeth have already been set in place. For this reason, your wisdom teeth can cause several oral problems and may need to be removed. Dental Solutions of Mississippi in Canton, Mississippi, has the expertise necessary when it comes to wisdom teeth removal.
Because your wisdom teeth are your last set of teeth to come into your mouth, they generally come in at an angle because there is no space in your jaw for them. This is called an impacted tooth. Impacted teeth push all of your teeth forward and can create severe toothaches. If not taken care of immediately, overcrowding and misalignment can happen with your teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that may need to be referred to a dental surgeon. Because it is a surgery, anesthesia or sedation is given to relieve any pain that could be felt. You will need to arrange a ride to and from the office due to sedation, and the entire procedure should be less than an hour.
The surgeon will begin by uncovering the tooth from the gums and bone. The tooth will need to be loosened and then the tooth can be extracted. After the tooth has been taken out, the hole will be cleaned out and sewn shut.
After your wisdom teeth are removed, you can expect some swelling and sensitivity in your mouth. We recommend that you eat only soft foods and avoid drinking from a straw, as the sucking sensation can actually remove the blood clot from your mouth. If serious pain is felt, the dental surgeon can prescribe some medication to help you. For the first couple of days, you should brush your teeth gently and avoid the socket site. DO NOT RINSE WITH ANYTHING or drink carbonation or anything alcoholic for at least 48 hours. If you are a smoker, cover the socket with a wet paper towel each time you smoke. The average recovery time is 7-10 days before you can use your mouth normally again. The tissue may take up to 6 weeks to fill in.
If you start to experience “random” toothaches in the back of your mouth, it could be time for your wisdom teeth to be removed. Reach out to us at Dental Solutions of Mississippi of Canton, Mississippi, to schedule a consultation so we can help relieve your pain.