PREPARING FOR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
Do I really need to have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
When wisdom teeth are impacted on the molar in front of them (the second molar) they can cause a very tight space. This tight space is not cleanse-able. You can’t floss it well enough and you can’t bush it well enough to prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating. This accumulation of bacteria leads to cavities and bone loss. Since the cavities usually happen down low on the tooth, it usually cannot be saved.
The best way to avoid this is to get your wisdom teeth out early. The ideal time is when there is a small shell of bone over the wisdom tooth. When there is a small shell of bone there is no way for the bacteria to get there and thus the second molar stays healthy.
This ideal point is somewhere between 12 and 17 in most and up to 18 years old in some.
If you are past this point, don’t despair! Come in for an evaluation and we will let you know what the status of your wisdom teeth is. The only bad thing you can do at this point is continue doing nothing.
If you are past the golden age of wisdom teeth removal (16-18) years old, you should have a consultation ASAP
Why do my Wisdom Teeth hurt?
Wisdom teeth hurt for a couple reasons:
- You have cavities in the wisdom tooth or the tooth in front of it (the second molar).
- You have periodontal disease at the site of your wisdom teeth.
- You have an infection associated with your wisdom tooth.
Does it hurt to get Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Most of our patients choose to go to sleep for their wisdom teeth removal procedure. Drs. Baker and Delsol have great expertise in all types of office anesthesia and will discuss the options available for your surgery so you will be able to make the best choice for your comfort. You’ll enter one of our relaxing rooms and drift off to sleep with some gentle sleep medicines. After you are asleep, local anesthesia is given that numbs the area so when you wake up you will not experience any pain . Before the numbing medicine wears off, you will take medication and use ice packs to minimize the discomfort. Most patients are quite comfortable.