Two Things to Know About Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery

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Do you have wisdom teeth growing in that likely need to be removed? Here are a couple of things to know about wisdom teeth and the removal procedure.

Why Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Go

Believe it or not, but wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed. Your dentist will only recommend it in a few situations. The most obvious reason is if the wisdom tooth is causing you pain, either due to how it is growing in or not having enough room in your jawbone for it to fit properly. 

There may also be a risk of the wisdom tooth causing decay. This can be due to the angle that the tooth is growing in your mouth and if you are going to be able to clean it easily. If not, the tooth will decay and cause serious problems later on, so it is best to remove it sooner rather than later. Overcrowding can also be a reason to remove wisdom teeth since it can push other teeth in odd directions to make room for the new tooth. 

Ideally, a dentist will want to remove the wisdom teeth before complications happen. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth that is growing sideways underneath the gums, the goal will be to perform oral surgery to remove the tooth as early as possible. 

What Kind of Dental Sedation They'll Use 

Since wisdom tooth extraction is considered oral surgery, your dentist will use some type of dental sedation to make you feel more at ease with the procedure. General anesthesia is used for complex wisdom tooth extractions that involve cutting open the gums. When this type of dental sedation is used, you won't remember a thing about the procedure when you wake up afterward. Your dentist may recommend using IV sedation as well since it will work right away and be very effective at getting you through the procedure.

For wisdom teeth that need to be pulled due to already erupting past the gum line, nitrous oxide may be used because the procedure is less complicated. This is combined with local anesthesia, such as Novocaine so that you do not feel any pain while the tooth is being pulled. 

These are just a few things to know about having your wisdom teeth removed. Reach out to your dentist if you have questions about extracting your problematic wisdom teeth through oral surgery.


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