Wisdom Teeth Removal in Warrensburg, Oak Grove, And Windsor, MO
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the extra set of molars located in the very back of your mouth. They’re the late bloomers of your teeth and usually emerge during your late teens or early twenties. For some people, these teeth come through with no problems. However, for many, wisdom teeth may cause problems and pain to the point they need to be removed.
Like all of your teeth when they first come in, the wisdom teeth want to emerge and grow. But they aren’t always positioned or angled properly to do that and as they grow, they can push against your other teeth, causing them to become impacted.
Unfortunately, your wisdom teeth won’t intuitively stop growing just because they run into your other molars. Because they don’t stop, you may experience severe pain, overcrowding of your teeth, and possible infection if the issue is not taken care of.
It’s most common for impacted wisdom teeth to be removed completely in order to avoid further damage and oral health issues. If you suffer from one or more impacted wisdom teeth, getting them removed quickly can save you pain in the long run. See how Dr. Young can help you today.
Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
While they can be painful, impacted wisdom teeth aren’t always visible to the naked eye and some patients may not be immediately aware of them. You may have an impacted wisdom tooth if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Tenderness or pain in the gums and/or jaw
- Jaw aches
- Inflammation or bleeding of the gums
- Limited jaw function
These symptoms alone may not always indicate an impacted wisdom tooth, but scheduling a consultation with Dr. Young can confirm if this is the case. Prolonging wisdom teeth removal can result in severe pain and additional health complications.
What to Expect With Wisdom Teeth Removal
The process of removing an impacted wisdom tooth is safe, effective, and relatively quick. You can expect the procedure to take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete and thanks to the use of effective numbing agents, you’ll feel little to no pain.
In most cases, you will be awake during the procedure unless sedation is necessary. Otherwise, Dr. Young will begin by administering either a local or general anesthesia which will numb the extraction area. This will allow you to remain comfortable during the procedure.
Once the anesthesia has set in, Dr. Young will separate the wisdom tooth from the gum tissue to allow for quick and painless extraction. After the extraction, Dr. Young will carefully stitch up your gums.
For the first couple of weeks following the extraction, it’s important to keep the extraction site as clean as possible and free of debris. You may experience pain following the procedure as you heal but this will be treated with prescribed medications as needed.
Dr. Young will provide you with any additional instructions for post-procedure behaviors in order to ensure a seamless and relatively painless healing process. If you experience a fever or progressively worsening discomfort, notify Dr. Young immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort from impacted wisdom teeth, having them extracted is the only method for relief. For the rare cases where wisdom teeth emerge without impaction or pain, having them removed may not be necessary.
However, it is recommended that you get an evaluation to determine if your wisdom teeth require extraction. This can be especially helpful for young adults to do as a precautionary tactic before any pain sets in.
During the evaluation, Dr. Young will perform an exam and an x-ray which can show impacted wisdom teeth, any damage to neighboring teeth, or potential complications from future tooth eruption.
Is wisdom teeth extraction painful?
Not having your impacted wisdom teeth removed causes greater discomfort and pain than what you’ll experience during or after extraction. During the procedure, the extraction area will be thoroughly numbed so your experience will be painless and comfortable.
You may experience some discomfort after extraction but as long as you follow the post-procedure instructions as directed, your healing process will be fast and relatively painless as well.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
Depending on the type of anesthesia used, you may be able to drive yourself home. However, it is strongly recommended you arrange a ride home after your procedure.
If you’re given local anesthesia, driving shouldn’t be a problem but with general anesthesia or sedation, it won’t be safe to drive following the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Young Today
When it comes to wisdom teeth, delaying treatment can lead to a prolonged and unnecessarily painful experience. Dr. Young is dedicated to taking care of all your dental needs to ensure your smile is both beautiful and healthy.
If you’re ready, schedule your appointment today by calling one of our three offices at (660)-747-9117 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you. We feature locations in Warrensburg, Windsor, and Oak Grove for your convenience.