Wisdom Teeth: Frequently Asked Questions

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It’s time to get your wisdom teeth out! Don’t worry; wisdom teeth removal is an incredibly common procedure and can be beneficial to both your oral and your overall health.

Wisdom teeth removal FAQ, here’s a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about getting your wisdom teeth removed.

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What are wisdom teeth?

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X-ray impacted wisdom teethYour wisdom teeth, also called your third molars are located in the back of your mouth. They are the last teeth to appear in your mouth and usually start to show up in your late teens or early twenties.

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Why are wisdom teeth removed?

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Your wisdom teeth may need to be removed for a number of reasons: they are impacted, they’ve grown in at the wrong angle, there isn’t enough space in your mouth or you have other dental problems.

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How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?

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Your dentist will tell you if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Even if you don’t experience any of the symptoms that sometimes warn you that your wisdom teeth are causing problems, your dentist may still want you to get them taken out.

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What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

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Sometimes wisdom teeth aren’t able to fully grow in and they become impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth is essentially trapped in your jaw and only able to partially emerge. When this happens the area can become infected and lead to many other oral problems.

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What are dry sockets?

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Once your wisdom teeth are removed, the space left in your mouth where the teeth once sat are called sockets. Usually the space will form a blood clot, allowing the socket to heal. If the blood clot does not form, it’s referred to as a dry socket.

Dry sockets are painful and can cause problems. Be sure to follow your post surgery instructions properly in order to best avoid developing a dry socket.

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Does everyone have to get their wisdom teeth removed?

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Not everyone needs to get their wisdom teeth removed. Usually, if your teeth are crowded or impacted, your dentist will recommend that you get them removed. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early twenties.

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Are there any risks involved with wisdom teeth removal?

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Like any surgery, there are risks associated with wisdom tooth removal. However, they are extremely rare.

Occasionally a patient may develop dry sockets, infection or need work to the surrounding teeth.

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Will my regular family dentist remove my wisdom teeth?

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I’m many cases the Wisdom Teeth need to be surgically removed.  These types of procedures require the expertise and qualifications of a highly trained surgeon. Since these cases require surgery, often times it’s performed with IV sedation, so your dentist will refer you to a surgeon who can handle your specific case.

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What happens during the removal surgery?

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The extraction of wisdom teeth should only take around 45 minutes. You’ll be given either local, IV sedation or general anesthesia.

The oral surgeon will cut through the gums to remove the teeth. He/she will stich the gums up and potentially inserts gauze into the space where the tooth was removed.

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What happens after surgery?

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In order to minimize your risk of complications make sure to follow your post extraction instructions.

You’ll want to eat soft foods like applesauce and ice cream and avoid

vigorous mouth swishing and drinking through a straw. Use ice packs to minimize swelling and take the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.

It’s best to avoid brushing and flossing for 24 hours.

Typical recovery lasts about 4-5 days.

More specific instructions will be provide by your surgeon.

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Will I be in pain?

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Pain is normal after wisdom teeth removal and should subside within a few days.

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