A majority of people require the removal of their wisdom teeth during their lifetime. But many dental patients feel nervous about the concept of oral surgery and what recovery may be needed.
Knowing what to expect from this treatment as well as why it is necessary can alleviate some fear that patients may be experiencing before their surgery. Dr. R. Edward Hudgens, a dentist practicing in Charleston, SC, responds to frequently asked questions regarding the wisdom tooth extraction procedure.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow into place usually after an individual completes puberty, hence the name. Dental patients may experience soreness or gum irritation as the teeth break through gum tissue. Some people do not have wisdom teeth, and some patients experience no complications as these teeth grow.
For a large number of patients with wisdom teeth, these molars negatively impact your mouth as they grow into place. The addition of these teeth can create overcrowding which can cause your other teeth to shift and become misaligned.
In many instances, wisdom teeth can also become impacted. This occurs when the tooth gets trapped under the gum and cannot break through the tissue to the surface.
This scenario increases a patient’s risk of an oral infection. For these reasons, dentists often recommend the removal of these wisdom teeth with an extraction procedure.
For many patients, a dentist or oral surgeon can remove all of a patient’s wisdom teeth within one extraction procedure. You will receive sedation during this surgery, so you should arrange to have someone take you home from the dentist after your procedure because you will feel groggy.
You should be gentle around the extraction sites as they heal in order to prevent a painful condition called dry socket. If you notice soreness or swelling, you should apply ice wrapped in a cloth to your cheek.
Tooth Extraction Procedures and More in Charleston, SC
Dr. Hudgens performs tooth extraction procedures and provides other general dental treatments to patients in Charleston, SC. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, including tooth replacement solutions. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our staff online or reach our office by phone at 843.418.9354.