Wisdom teeth removal is a standard service by Dental Designs of Maryland – White Marsh, MD. Wisdom tooth extraction becomes necessary when the third set of molars begins to cause trouble in the mouth by pushing other teeth around and causing pain. Some people never need wisdom teeth removal because their wisdom teeth never erupt or fail to disrupt the other teeth. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most common dental procedures for people in their late teens and early twenties. There is no harm in getting them extracted because they ultimately serve no purpose. Contact Dental Designs of Maryland – White Marsh, MD at 410.834.4284 to learn about dental services in White Marsh.
Determining when Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Necessary
The vast majority of people who may need wisdom teeth removal are between the ages of 16 and 28. Any earlier, and it’s unlikely the wisdom teeth have caused any problems yet. And once someone gets to 28, their wisdom teeth have essentially failed to show up or cause issues, and getting them removed is no longer possible. To understand whether or not you need wisdom teeth removal, your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth and do a visual examination. One of the biggest reasons for needing wisdom tooth extraction is tooth crowding. This can cause several uncomfortable side effects such as:
- Severe tooth pain near the back of the mouth
- Pain in the jaw
- Chronic earaches
- Chronic headaches
A few other questions that your dentist will ask to help determine if you need wisdom teeth removal include:
- Do you experience chronic bad breath?
- Does your mouth have a coppery taste lingering after you brush or floss?
- Have you experienced a change in bite alignment?
Answering yes to one or more of these can give your dentist a fair indication of whether or not you need a wisdom tooth extraction.
The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process
Wisdom tooth extraction is considered a form of oral surgery. It’s a relatively quick procedure that involves anesthesia. As a result, you will need to coordinate having someone drive you home after getting your wisdom teeth pulled. The wisdom tooth extraction process involves three stages: anesthesia, extraction, and recovery.
Before the procedure takes place, you will receive local and general anesthesia. The local anesthesia numbs the area being worked on, while the general anesthesia makes you relaxed and sleepy for the duration of the operation. Your dentist will verify ahead of time whether you have any allergies or conditions that might interact negatively with the anesthesia.
Chances are you won’t remember much about getting your wisdom teeth removed. Under anesthesia means, the extraction is painless and a blur in the memory. The wisdom teeth are extracted by making a small incision in the gumline to access them better. The dentist then works them out carefully and stitches the area up afterward. Gauze is placed over the area where the wisdom teeth were extracted to help form a blood clot, which is essential for proper healing.
People remain at the dentist’s office for a while as they recover from the anesthesia. Someone will need to be there to drive you home even though the anesthesia is starting to wear off by the time you leave. Once home, you must avoid eating hard foods or drinking from straws. You do not want to disturb the blood clot forming where the wisdom teeth were extracted. It can take up to 10 days for the area to heal completely.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Services at Dental Designs of Maryland – White Marsh, MD
Dental Designs of Maryland – White Marsh, MD offers wisdom teeth removal services. Our skilled professionals will work with you to ensure your procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We offer various sedation options to help you relax, and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs.
If you are considering wisdom teeth removal, or if your dentist or orthodontist has advised you to have your wisdom teeth removed, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you make an informed decision about your treatment options. Call 410.834.4284 to take advantage of the best wisdom teeth removal in White Marsh, MD.