Wisdom teeth can cause variety of health problems if they are misaligned. Most dentists would recommend removing them if they are not healthy. The most common oral health problems associated with wisdom teeth are infection and tooth decay. The infection is mainly caused by impaction, and the tooth decay is caused by the entrapment of plaque and other debris in the crowded, misaligned area.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed seems like a big deal, but it can be done in a single office visit. Some dentists prefer to work on one side of the mouth at a time, but there are others that will extract all of the teeth at once. During this procedure, the mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic. This experience can be compared to that of having a tooth filled. Patients with extreme cases of anxiety may be treated with nitrous oxide gas or a stronger anesthetic. The oral surgeon will recommend an anesthetic that is best for you. Before the surgery begins, it is important to let your dentist know if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications.
After surgery, you may experience some mild discomfort and swelling. This is a normal part of the healing process and should subside over time. Your dentist may prescribe medicine to help you cope with the pain.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. This is where regular checkups with your dentist play an important role and monitoring the health of your wisdom teeth. The dentist will be able to determine if the teeth are shifting, or if there is any impaction in the area. This is something that you may not notice by simply brushing your teeth.
Wisdom teeth extractions should be covered by your dental insurance, but you may want to check with them before you schedule a surgery. Your dentist’s office may assist you in finding out this information. If you find that you do not have the proper coverage, you should still consider getting the surgery. Many offices will work with you on a payment plan for services not covered by your insurance.
A healthy body includes a healthy mouth. Impacted, infected wisdom teeth could lead to more serious health problems in other areas of the body, and more expensive oral health problems. The only way to determine whether or not your wisdom teeth should be extracted is by visiting the dentist.