Getting your wisdom teeth extracted

Wisdom teeth are a set of molars that come into existence at the age of 17-25. Wisdom teeth are tricky, and it’s really not an easy thing to get these molars out of your jaw. It can be complicated if you are already going through some infections in your mouth. First, the dentist will examine your teeth and then further direct you to an oral surgeon like Nick Rutherford who will then do the procedure.

It is never a good thing to keep them inside as it can cause further complications. Wisdom teeth never grow like normal teeth and so can affect the surrounding teeth followed by acute pain at times. One can take painkillers to avoid the pain but it is never really enough because it’s not the ultimate solution to the problem.

Why go for the procedure?

  • Wisdom teeth as I mentioned earlier, never grow like the rest of the teeth. They grow at the very end of the jaw and in the process, can get stuck inside the jaw bone which can be extremely hurtful.
  • It can be a real mess if they’re growing in the wrong angle. It’s when the real pain triggers and makes you numb from the jaw affecting the adjacent teeth as well.
  • It is also important because your mouth can only capacitate a set number of teeth at once, if it exceeds the number, it creates pressure to other teeth and it’s not at all good.

The procedure

The procedure’s time can vary between 10-60 minutes depending on the case. Usually the upper wisdom tooth doesn’t take much time for extraction, but the lower one creates more issues because of the structure. One can go through different scenarios when going for the surgery. The most common are pain, bleeding, swelling or infection. For all of the aftermath, you’ll be given some intensive care medicines. For whatever the doctor or team at Yarra Oral Maxillofacial Surgery has prescribed needs to be followed because sometimes infections can occur after the surgery and for that you should take all the preventive measure.

The recovery can take about a week and it’s better to go off work because the pain might be just too much to focus on work. During this time, go for a gentle bite while having something to eat as the wound is still fresh. Plus if you want to get rid of the numbness, an icepack would be an amazing bet for such times. Until the wound is totally healed, you should also keep away from rubbing the affected area.

The quickest way to heal the wound might be to rinse your mouth with warm saline water. This will lessen the swelling and make the numbness go away.

Taking everything into consideration, it is always the most sensible option to get your wisdom teeth extracted as it will prevent you from any more complications. Yes the procedure might be painful, but in comparison to all the problems that are on stake here, it’s not even close.