- Posted May 20, 2014 by
The Basics Of Wisdom Teeth Removal
It was common belief decades ago that when your wisdom tooth starts coming out, this marks the sign that you are growing older and more mature as well. There may be some truth to this old adage since a wisdom tooth usually appears when people are in their late teens or in their early twenty’s. However, the appearance of a wisdom tooth rarely has any effect on a person’s general behavior or attitude and this includes his or her level of maturity. A person who has a wisdom tooth erupting or growing though will often experience or undergo bouts of oral pain and discomfort.
Wisdom teeth pain happens when your wisdom tooth is coming out and there is essentially no space for it to fully emerge since all of your adult teeth have already grown to their actual, adult sizes. As such, as the wisdom tooth grows, it also presses upon the already present molars, making this whole process really painful and uncomfortable for you. Wisdom teeth pain can be further aggravated when they are impacted or have some form of infection. Once the pain becomes too excruciating and totally unbearable, taking in pain relievers will be of no help to you and your only option would be to undergo a wisdom teeth removal procedure.
To have your wisdom tooth removed, you will need to go to a trusted, highly-skilled and experienced dentist to perform this procedure.
The process of removing a wisdom tooth is quite straightforward. Your dentist will place an anesthesia in the area surrounding the wisdom tooth through injection. The dentist will then pull out the wisdom tooth with a specialized tool to completely remove it from its socket. Due to the administered anesthesia, you will feel nothing during this whole process. The whole wisdom tooth removal process usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes to perform.
Once the effect of the anesthesia starts wearing off, you will start feeling some pain, soreness and oral swelling. Dentists also usually prescribe some pain relievers and even antibiotics that you can take in order for the pain to stop and to avoid acquiring any unnecessary infections.
Your dentist will also advise you to take some bed rest and to avoid doing any strenuous physical activities such as bending and lifting heavy objects after the procedure. This is because such activities that require physical exertion can cause an increase in gum bleeding, pain and oral swelling. Also, you still need to practice regular oral hygiene even after the procedure. In general, you can go back to feeling yourself and stop feeling any pain or swelling in your mouth within a few days’ time. In case the pain and swelling persists for more than a week, you shouldn’t be afraid to go back to your dentist to consult this.