Wisdom teeth are a set of four additional molars, which often appear in teenagers and young adults. For most people, wisdom teeth grow in crooked or misaligned, and sometimes they grow in sideways. This misalignment causes the wisdom tooth to push the other teeth, causing discomfort, pain, and often times problems with their oral and dental health. Most dentists and oral surgeons recommend that wisdom teeth be removed, and the in-patient procedure is relatively pain free, although the patient might feel some discomfort and tenderness for a few days following the surgery.
Patients experiencing pain in the back of their mouths or whose rear gum line is raw, red, and inflamed, should schedule an appointment with their dentists as soon as possible. These are common signs and symptoms of the emergence of wisdom teeth. Many patients have a consistent ache and pain, while others only experience discomfort while chewing. Either way, you should have your symptoms checked out sooner rather than later- dental pain does not go away on its own. Patients with impacted wisdom teeth may experience a higher level of pain and discomfort. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to break through the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth are harder to remove and are more prone to infection. Jaw pain, gum swelling, and bad breath are signs of impacted wisdom teeth.
Removing wisdom teeth is a standard procedure, conducted under local anesthesia. At Blue Water Bay Dental, we believe that complete relaxation aids in recovery, so we offer our patients the very latest in “Sedation dentistry”. Depending upon your comfort level, pain level, and anxiety or stress level, you can choose from a traditional, local anesthesia, oral sedation, or IV Sedation. For patients with moderate to high anxiety, oral sedation is a great option. Simply take the prescribed sedative before your appointment. You will feel drowsy and relaxed, but will be able to speak and will remain conscious throughout the procedure. IV Sedation is designed for patients with extremely high anxiety levels. You will need someone to take you to and from your appointment if you opt for more advanced sedation. Sedation dentistry relaxes your muscles and loosens your gag reflex, making your appointment and procedure much more tolerable.
Once your wisdom teeth are removed, you may experience pain and discomfort for between 48-72 hours. Bleeding may occur in the first 24 hours, but if you continue to bleed after the first day, call your dentist right away. Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to relieve discomfort and fight infection, especially if the tooth was severely impacted.
If you feel your wisdom teeth have come in, and are experiencing pain, discomfort or difficulty chewing, call us today for an appointment and we’ll design a treatment plan that makes you healthy and comfortable.