Wisdom teeth are molars that do not arrive in the mouth until people are teenagers or early twenties. Most often when the teeth arrive they cause overcrowding in the mouth and must be removed. However, if they are aligned well with the rest of the teeth in the mouth they can stay and will not have to be removed.
When wisdom teeth have to be removed it is because they are not aligned right. They usually overcrowd the mouth and can cause a lot of damage to other areas in the mouth. Also, if they are not removed they can cause infection. If they go through the gums they can get bacteria in there which can lead to many issues. This could also lead to gum disease or a decay of the tooth.
If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed and you are wondering if you have them talk to your local family dentistry. They will usually take an X-Ray of your mouth. If they see that you have wisdom teeth your family dentistry may have you meet with an oral surgeon. Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing any issues right now they still may remove them so there aren’t any issues down the road. Also, dentists prefer removing wisdom teeth in people who are young because it is a much faster healing process.
After your wisdom teeth are removed you will need a few days to recover. There will still most likely be a lot of bleeding where the teeth were pulled so you will need to make sure to have a lot of gauze for that. Also, you can expect some minimal face swelling to happen. If you are experiencing any pain take any medications your family dentistry recommends. Continue taking any antibiotics your dentist gave you as well. As for your diet, make sure you are eating softer foods for a couple of days. And finally, continue to brush your teeth but make sure to avoid the area that is healing.
There are some complications that can happen after you get your wisdom teeth out. One of the complications is dry socket. This is when a blood clot does not form. It can also happen if a blood clot did form but then displaced. Dry sockets can cause a lot of pain. If you think you are experiencing a dry socket contact your dentist right away. Another complication that can occur is paresthesia. This is rare but you will know if you have it because your jaw, lips and tongue will be numb.
If you need your wisdom teeth removed there will be expenses involved with it. The costs vary anywhere from $100 to $350 per tooth. It really depends where you are located and how highly rated the dentist or oral surgeon is. Make sure you contact your local family dentistry before surgery and ask about the costs associated with wisdom tooth removal. Also, if your insurance covers some or all of the procedure make sure their practice accepts your type of insurance.