Why Do I Need to Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Have you been thinking about having your wisdom teeth removed? This can be daunting, but with the correct information, you can make an informed decision about whether or not extraction is the best option for you.

Most people have 32 adult teeth by the time they reach adolescence, with four at the back of their mouth. These are known as "wisdom teeth" or third molars and often require removal to prevent damage to other teeth and maintain oral health.

In this article, we will explore what you need to know about getting your wisdom teeth removed so you can decide if it's the right choice for you.

When Is Removal Needed?

Removing your wisdom teeth can often be necessary as they can cause several issues, including crowding, decay, and infection. Generally, wisdom teeth tend to become impacted when they try to come in at an angle and push against the other teeth.

Wisdom teeth removal may be recommended in some cases if:

  • Your jaw is too small to accommodate them
  • There isn't enough room for them to grow properly
  • They are decayed, infected, or causing pain
  • They are causing damage to the other teeth
  • You have an increased risk of getting gum disease

Speaking with an emergency dentist is advisable if you're unsure about your wisdom teeth situation. They will conduct a complete examination and provide you with a personalized plan for moving forward.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure; the good news is that it's usually straightforward. Your dentist will examine your wisdom teeth and take X-rays to understand more about them and how they can affect the surrounding teeth.

Once that's done, here are some of the steps to expect for wisdom teeth removal:

  • Anesthesia- First, you'll get a local anesthetic so you don't feel any pain while the procedure is underway.
  • Incision- The dentist will cut into your gums to expose the wisdom teeth.
  • Extraction- Your dentist will extract the teeth with forceps to surgically remove them from your mouth.
  • Closing- Your dentist may need to stitch up your gums after surgery for them to heal correctly.
  • Healing- After your appointment, you'll be given instructions on how to care for yourself during recovery. This could include taking medications or avoiding certain activities or foods while healing over the following several days or weeks after surgery.

Contact Us To Book Your Next Appointment

If you still need to remove your wisdom teeth, we are here to help. At Carolina Emergency Dental, our dental team is led by Dr. Hysa and Dr. Shamah. Our Rock Hill dentists understand how important it is for you to have the correct information before deciding on your wisdom teeth removal. They will take time to explain everything to you thoroughly and carefully, ensuring you understand why removing your wisdom teeth could be necessary for optimal oral health. Contact us today to get started.

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