April 11, 2017
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) have confirmed what dentists and health professionals have been telling patients for years: having your wisdom teeth removed helps you to stay healthy. Did you know that 80% of young adults that previously had healthy wisdom teeth that came in with little to no pain have developed problems within the next following 7 years? “Even if wisdom teeth aren’t causing any immediate problems, it’s likely that people will face complications down the road,” said Dr. Louis K. Rafetto, chair of the AAOMS Task Force on Third Molar Data. “The fact is [that] extraction is much easier for young adults and research consistently shows that it is a simple way of improving both dental health and overall health.”
If you’ve been feeling the pressure and tooth pain that developing wisdom teeth cause, you may want to consider getting them removed. Your dentist in Slidell can perform painless and ultimately helpful wisdom teeth extractions to benefit your overall health. If you’re thinking about it, you may have a few questions.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth (your third molars) are the last permanent teeth to break through into your smile. Although the AAOMS recommends removing your back teeth in any case to prevent bad dental hygiene habits and developed gum disease, some patients prefer to retain their natural teeth. Sometimes there are some complications that Dr. Beard will strongly recommend removing your wisdom teeth for:
- Your jaw may not be large enough and your wisdom teeth will become impacted (stuck underneath your gums).
- Infections, damage to other teeth, or cysts may form from impacted teeth.
- Your wisdom teeth may only partially come in and leave a flap of gum tissue that allows food and bacteria to infect your mouth.
- Your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle and cause your bite to change.
How does the procedure work?
Removing a wisdom tooth is relatively simple. Your Slidell dentist will begin with:
- Numbing the area with a local anesthetic and possibly a general anesthetic (to numb the rest of the body) if several teeth are being removed.
- Access the molar by carefully opening the gum tissue.
- Remove the tooth in the safest, easiest way possible. Sometimes that means removing it in small bits to reduce bleeding and trauma to the area.
- Stitch closed the affected area and prescribe you the appropriate pain medication to assist in your recovery period.
What should I do after surgery?
In most cases, the recovery period only lasts a few days. Fremaux Dental Care wants you to have a speedy, wholesome recovery. These helpful tips should have you feeling better in no time along with your prescribed pain medication:
- Keep fresh gauze and pads on the affected area, changing them out as they become too saturated in blood and saliva.
- Use an ice pack on the side of your cheek every 15-20 minutes at a time for the first day to reduce swelling.
- Eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, but don’t use a straw for the first few days. The sucking notion can loosen the blood clot your body is forming to heal the area.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, gently swishing it around your mouth to reduce swelling.
Our Fremaux Dental Care office always takes the time to ensure any experience you have with us is as smooth and comfortable as possible—that even applies to wisdom teeth extractions. If you’ve become concerned about your oral health since your third morals have come in, give our office a call. We would be happy to schedule you an appointment to meet with Dr. Beard.
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