What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth problems?
In general, if you feel soreness or pain (almost like teething) in the back of your jaw, or if you notice swelling or soreness around the gums, your wisdom teeth may be growing in wrong. If the tooth becomes impacted or infected, you may also notice an unpleasant taste or smell associated with the infected teeth.
It’s important to note that it is not always possible to determine whether your wisdom teeth are growing in without the help of a professional. Seeing a dental professional before you notice any symptoms can prevent complications like impaction or infection.
Do I have to have my wisdom teeth removed?
If your wisdom teeth are growing in straight without damaging any adjacent structures, we may not need to remove them. The only way to know how your wisdom teeth are coming in is to have a dental exam that includes X-rays of your mouth. Even if wisdom teeth look straight at first, they can change course at later development stages, so make sure to have regular dental exams twice a year while your wisdom teeth develop (between the ages of 12 and 25).
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Most dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth removed when the teeth are smaller and easier to extract (around ages 15–17), but every individual is different, and the right time for you may be later or earlier.
What is recovery like after a wisdom teeth procedure?
After removing your wisdom teeth, there will be empty tooth sockets where your teeth used to be. Usually, these surgical sites take a week or two to heal completely, but most patients can resume their regular schedules after just a few days.
The day of surgery, you may have some minor residual bleeding, but this usually subsides after a few hours. You can use gauze or damp tea bags to apply light pressure to the surgical site. The first couple of days after surgery, you will probably need to eat soft foods. You can start incorporating more chewy or hard foods as you feel more comfortable (usually after a couple of days). Some patients experience some swelling for the first couple of days after surgery. This swelling is normal and should go down by day three or four.
Is wisdom teeth removal painful?
During the removal procedure, patients will receive an anesthetic to prevent any pain. Most patients have their wisdom teeth removed under IV anesthesia, allowing them to sleep throughout the procedure.
After the procedure is over, the local anesthesia should still be in effect, preventing pain. We will provide you with a prescription for pain medication to help control any discomfort once the anesthetic wears off. Most patients find that the pain subsides within the first couple of days after surgery. Starting your pain medication before the local anesthetic wears off is a good way to prevent pain, and our staff will do everything possible to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure and recovery.
Where can I have my wisdom teeth removed near me?
Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center offers wisdom teeth removals and other high-quality oral surgery services for patients near Henderson, NV, including Las Vegas, NV. Our office is fitted with the most advanced surgical and monitoring tools for your comfort and safety.