It can seem that wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage into adulthood but is it absolutely necessary for everyone?
But let’s find out why you may or may not need to have your wisdom teeth removed!
First of all, what is a wisdom tooth?
Although it does not supply a source of intelligence as the name suggests, the wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars, that most commonly grow in your early teens to early twenties. When aligned properly, they serve a normal function, but often they grow in and cramp your other teeth or disrupt healthy alignment. Here’s why that can be an issue.
To begin, your dentist will take x-rays to exam the teeth fully and determine if indeed you are suffering from impacted wisdom teeth that require removal. Your doctor will then conduct a consultation to go over your case, discuss your options, what happens during the procedure, and post surgery care.
Your doctor will need to go over your anesthesia options with you. There are three main types of anesthesia that you will need to discuss. These include:
Local Anesthesia – The doctor will apply local anesthesia with a needle to the area affected by the surgery. This will numb the area but you will remain conscious during the surgery. You might feel pressure but the procedure will be painless. Many patients opt for this if they have allergic reactions to sedation or general anesthesia or to help with post operative effects of anesthesia such as nausea.
Sedation Anesthesia – With this version, our doctor will give you sedation anesthesia through an IV which will limit your consciousness. You will also still get local anesthesia to the gum area. Many patients opt for this if they have allergic reactions to general anesthesia or to help with post operative effects of anesthesia such as nausea.
General Anesthesia: With this form, you will inhale anesthetic drugs that will render you completely unconscious. You will have no pain and no memory of the surgery. Local anesthetic will also be applied to your gums.
Beware…you might be a little loopy and numb after surgery!
Once anesthetic is applied, your doctor will make an incision in your gums to access the impacted teeth. Then the tooth can be pulled out or divided into sections to remove in smaller pieces. Then the wound will be cleaned out and stitched up. Gauze will be placed in the mouth to prevent bleeding.
When the surgery is over, our doctor will supply you with post-operative instructions.
If you experienced pain and discomfort in the jaw area and if you are considering to remove your wisdom teeth, feel free to contact us at Beverly Hills Dental Center and schedule your appointment to receive a professional opinion about your case. Our team will be happy to help you and provide the best services. Call us at: (310) 659-7063