If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth, then the dentist may have told you the best course of action is for you to have them removed. If this is the case, then you will want to learn what to expect during the process, as well as after. Here are some things you should know.
Removing wisdom teeth tends to be more involved
Generally, having wisdom teeth removed is more involved than having any other teeth removed. There are a number of reasons for this. One reason is wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth they are harder to get to. Another reason is wisdom teeth can grow in at awkward angles. Also, wisdom teeth can be partially stuck underneath your other molar. Wisdom teeth also tend to have more complex roots than your other teeth.
There are different ways in which you may be numbed
In some cases, a person will be given a local anesthesia that will numb the area being worked on. This local can last as long as 10 hours before it has completely worn of. In other cases, a person may be sedated while they are having their wisdom tooth removed. In order to be sedated for the procedure, the dentist will want to look over your medical history and they may want other tests done to ensure you are a good candidate for being put under.
Wisdom teeth extractions can be harder to recover from
When someone has a tooth removed, they can feel back to their old selves in the matter of a few days in some cases. Due to the complexity and involved process with having wisdom teeth extracted, it can take some people up to a week and a half to fully recover. However, some people may heal much faster if they tend to be quick healers with high pain tolerances.
Your teeth may end up with spaces between them
After you have your wisdom teeth removed, you may notice your teeth eventually ending up with spaces between them. This is due to the fact that the wisdom teeth are no longer in the gum line and this allows the teeth to naturally spread apart. A great way to take care of this issue is to wear Invisalign braces. The Invisalign retainer will slowly push your teeth back together, much in the same way braces do, but with less expense and less discomfort.