What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth growing in?
Wisdom teeth usually don’t show any symptoms until after they start causing problems, so it’s a good idea to get them checked even before you notice symptoms (during your teen years).
A few of the symptoms of wisdom teeth erupting or becoming impacted include pain, redness, swelling, or sensitivity in the area behind your existing molars. Crowding of your other teeth is another common symptom. If an infection is developing, you may also notice an unpleasant taste or odor in your mouth.
What is recovery like after wisdom teeth procedures?
Everyone’s body reacts to surgery differently, and your recovery time may vary depending on your age and the condition of your wisdom teeth. In general, most patients have to eat a soft food diet for a couple of days after surgery. The surgical sites themselves will take about a week to heal fully, and you will have to keep the tooth sockets clean until they are done healing. Even though the surgical sites will not be fully closed, most patients feel more active and ready to return to their normal schedules the third or fourth day after surgery.
Is there pain during the wisdom teeth procedure?
Wisdom teeth patients almost always receive a local anesthetic to ensure that no pain is felt during the procedure. The majority of patients also choose to undergo IV sedation, allowing them to sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake up after it is over.
Any pain associated with the wisdom teeth procedure will usually occur during the recovery period. Most patients report some soreness around the surgical sites for a few days after surgery. Your surgeon will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication to control any discomfort, and maintaining a soft food diet may also be more comfortable for the first few days after surgery. Your comfort is very important to us at Oral Surgery Hawaii, which is why you will receive extensive pre- and post-operative instructions with tips on how to control pain and make your recovery as pleasant and relaxing as possible.
Do I have to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Not everyone has to have their wisdom teeth removed, but the majority of people do not have space in their mouths for wisdom teeth to grow in normally. The third molars have a tendency to grow in at an angle or become impacted, which can cause infections, discomfort, and other complications.
The best way to find out if your wisdom teeth need to be removed is to have an oral exam with a dental professional, preferably before you start to experience any symptoms. Visiting the dentist regularly (especially during your teen years and early twenties) will allow you to track the development of your wisdom teeth and prevent complications later on. Even if your wisdom teeth are fully grown in, an exam with a dental professional can help you determine whether or not you need an extraction.
Why does a surgeon have to extract my wisdom teeth?
Most patients have their wisdom teeth removed before they emerge through the gums, and in many cases, the molars become trapped behind the gums. Gum and bone tissue may need to be removed or moved so that your doctor can gain access to your teeth. Surgical techniques are necessary to extract wisdom teeth efficiently and safely.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also receive the highest anesthesia training of any dental professional. Whenever undergoing anesthesia, it’s important to ensure that your doctor is trained to administer anesthesia properly, and our surgeons use all the most reliable monitoring tools to ensure your safety.
Will my other teeth be affected after my wisdom teeth are removed?
Removing wisdom teeth shouldn’t affect your bite much, although your bite may feel a bit different for a couple of days. When a tooth is removed, the pressure from your bite is distributed across your other teeth, which can feel a bit different than it did when you had more teeth sharing the burden of the force. In fact, removing your wisdom teeth can prevent your other teeth from becoming overcrowded later on.
Where can I have my wisdom teeth removed near me?
Oral Surgery Hawaii offers wisdom teeth removals in Honolulu, Aiea, and Kaneohe, HI. Our oral surgeons have years of experience performing wisdom teeth extractions. Feel free to contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation.