If you are thinking about having your wisdom teeth removed, you may have a number of different questions about the treatment process and the extraction procedure. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from patients who are preparing for this treatment.
- Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed if they’re not causing any problems? The third molars, also known as the “wisdom teeth” are quite large. Therefore, most people will not have enough room in their jaws for these teeth to erupt properly, so they often become impacted. Impacted teeth can be problematic in many ways. They are susceptible to developing cysts and tumors and are also at risk for infections and abscesses because bacteria can collect at the rear of the jaw, where it’s hard to reach with a toothbrush. The timing of these problems can’t be predicted, so many patients opt to have their wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon as a preventive measure.
- Why do wisdom teeth have to be extracted surgically? Impacted wisdom teeth are surrounded by bone that must be removed in order to access and extract the teeth. With expertise and experience in these techniques, an oral surgeon is an ideal specialist to consult for wisdom teeth removal.
- How many days of work or school will I have to miss after my wisdom tooth extraction? Most patients will be able to return to work or school within a few days of wisdom tooth extraction. You will need to steer clear of vigorous activity for a few more days to give your body time to heal, however. Post-operative complications can keep you away from your routine for a longer period of time, so you should take steps to prevent them.
- What kinds of complications happen after wisdom teeth removal? The most common complication is painful dry sockets, which occur when the blood clot that cushions the nerve bundle in the empty socket either fails to form or is dislodged prematurely. Infection is also a concern following any surgery. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for proper care for the surgical site, and following these directions closely will reduce your risk of these complications.
Do you have more questions about wisdom teeth removal? Call our office to talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members or schedule a consultation appointment to get the information that you need.