Top 9 Wisdom Teeth Questions Answered
Most people associate getting wisdom teeth with having them removed. Showing up later than all other permanent teeth, patients often have many questions. What are they? Will they need to be removed?
Here are the answers to the top 10 wisdom teeth questions.
1. What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last set (3rd set) of molars to erupt. They usually complete development sometime during the late teens and early- to mid-20s.
2. Are Wisdom Teeth Always Removed?
People have their wisdom teeth removed for one reason or another, but that doesn’t mean everyone will need to have the procedure. Common reasons why these teeth may require removal include:
- Lack of space or overcrowding
- Pain or swelling in the gums
- Sinus issues
- Cyst formation
Your dentist or oral surgeon can advise you whether or not they will need to be extracted.
3. What Does it Mean When a Wisdom Tooth is Impacted?
An impacted tooth is a tooth that doesn’t have enough room to erupt through the gum and bone into the mouth. Impacted teeth are often malpositioned and can encroach on and and damage adjacent teeth.
4. Are Patients Put to Sleep for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Many anesthesia options exist to provide comfort during wisdom tooth procedures. An anesthesia plan will be developed and customized to best address your needs.
5. How Long Does Recovery Take After Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Recovery after wisdom teeth are removed can vary from one patient to the next, depending on procedure complexity. Patients may experience some soreness, swelling, headaches, and minor bleeding, but this should dissipate within a week or so.
Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication can help.
7. Will I Be Able to Drive Myself Home After the Procedure?
If you receive Intravenous anesthesia during your appointment, you will require an able bodied and trusted adult to be available to escort you home.
8. How Long Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Take?
On average, it should take about 30 to 45 minutes to remove your wisdom teeth, though this time may vary.
9. Why Should I Choose an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Instead of a General Dentist for Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have at least 4 to 6 years of additional training in a hospital-based residency program — after earning their degree as a dentist. With their significant education and training, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the surgical experts in their field.
Still Have Questions?
If you still have questions about your wisdom teeth, the team at Lucca Oral & Facial Surgery has answers.