If you have been experiencing pain at the back of your mouth, it’s possible that there is an issue with a wisdom tooth. Many people don’t know that there is a skin flap here where food can get trapped. If left to fester then it’s possible for this to lead to an infection. There are other complications that wisdom teeth can cause as well. When this happens, your dentist in Heber, Utah will schedule a wisdom tooth removal. Here is what to expect from this treatment.
When Do They Need Taken Out
Wisdom teeth may need removing if they have either been impacted or ruptured. This may occur due to the position that they take in your mouth. They can get trapped against the jawbone and gums which can lead to a painful situation. Your dentist will keep a check on wisdom teeth coming in by taking regular x-rays of your mouth. It’s also possible that wisdom teeth come in at the wrong angle. This means that they will press on other teeth and cause issues here. Or perhaps, you have an issue with there being not enough space for the new teeth coming in. Regardless of the scenario, this will typically lead to wisdom teeth removal.
What Happens Before The Surgery?
Before the surgery, you will be taken through a standard and routine process with your dentist. They will inquire about any existing health issues that you may have that could impact the treatment. They will also want to know whether you are taking any drugs on a regular basis. You will be given the chance to ask any questions that you may have and you will be given a choice for the surgery itself. For instance, you can opt to either be awake for the procedure or be numbed. Be aware that being numb is the safer option.
What Happens During The Wisdom Teeth Removal?
During the wisdom teeth removal, you will either be numb or asleep for the procedure. Not every dentist offers the option for you to be put under completely. If you are asleep you will wake up once the surgery is finished. If you are only under local anesthesia you will be awake for the entire treatment, however, you won’t feel anything due to an injection of Novocaine into your gums. Nitrous oxide can also be used to provide the same effect.
In some cases, stitches will be needed for this treatment. This will be the case if the dentist needs to cut through the bone to gain access to the wisdom tooth.
What To Expect After Treatment?
You will heal from this treatment relatively quickly with most people passing through a full recovery in about three days at most. You may, however, need a little longer for your mouth to recover. Minor swelling is quite common as is pain that lingers for a little while. There are lots of options for treating this pain or discomfort, including an ice pack or moist heat. While you can eat, it’s best to focus on foods that are soft such as pasta and soup.
Your dentist in Utah will make sure that you are provided the necessary drugs and treatment options that you require.
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