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What to Expect When Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed - Our Guide

Many people find that the wisdom teeth is like the appendix of your mouth - they’re there, and while they don’t have a significant role, any damage caused to them can wreak havoc and cause pain upon your body. For that reason, most dentists recommend following wisdom teeth removal even if it isn't necessary at the moment.

Knowing that it isn’t urgent may put this responsibility at the back of your head, but depending on how it fully grows and the situation of your teeth surrounding it, wisdom teeth may cause more trouble for you in the long run.

When that happens, you will need to undergo a wisdom tooth removal as not only does it cause sharp pain, but it can be detrimental to your other teeth as well in cases where it has impacted growth, causing a domino effect to the rest of your teeth and shiting its alignment.

What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

This is a surgical procedure performed by a dentist or oral surgeon to remove one or more of your wisdom teeth. In that regard, the wisdom teeth are the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth from top to bottom, which typically grows in a person’s late teens or early 20s.

Wisdom teeth are often recommended to be removed as it can become a problem by causing crowding in your mouth, especially when it emerges in the wrong position or become impacted. The negative effects of this include trapped food, which can cause cavities and rot, as well as become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow and infect the gums.

Not to mention, it can overcrowd your mouth and damage neighboring teeth, which may lead you to have crooked and misaligned teeth.

What to Expect in Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Most procedures don’t need the patient to stay overnight as it can be treated within the same day, however, the aftercare you do will be crucial to avoid causing any further pain or damage to your fresh wounds.

In that regard, during the process of the procedure, you are given the option of three types of anesthesia, one of which will be chosen depending on what will suit your comfort level.

Local Anesthesia - this is administered by injection at the infected area of the tooth extraction. A numbing agent is spread all over the site before proceeding with the injection. Within a few minutes, you will be completely numbed, though it will keep you awake throughout the process. Some pressure and movement may be felt during the procedure, but there should be no signs of pain all throughout the extraction.

Sedation Anesthesia - this caters to patients who are afraid of needles and prefer to be asleep during the whole operation. In that regard, an intravenous (IV) line is administered into one of your arm veins, which suppresses your consciousness and pain throughout the procedure.

General Anesthesia - Similar to sedation, this will have you sleeping like a log during the entire procedure. The difference, however, is that rather than using needles, patients are encouraged to inhale the medication.

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