You might be thinking what is so wisdom about our wisdom teeth when they can get us in so much trouble because of the pain. If you are currently suffering from this kind of pain, please do not hesitate to call your local Fairhope, AL dentist Dr. Phillip Greer.
Our wisdom teeth usually emerge while we are at the ages of 17 to 21 and these are the third set of molars that we get. To many people this can be the start of some serious tooth problems. Come see us in Fairhope, AL for a free consult on wisdom tooth extraction.
The extraction of the wisdom teeth depends on their position. If your wisdom tooth is completely erupted from the gum, then it would be much easier to remove it. The problem lies when the wisdom teeth are deeply rooted into the gum and is connected to the jawbone. What this means is that the dentist will have to cut through the gum and remove part of the jawbone connected to the tooth. While the last one may sound scary, do not worry because there is anesthesia for this procedure.
Will you feel any pain? The pain caused by the pulling of the teeth can be from minimal to almost none existent. This is because your gum and the teeth will be numbed prior to the procedure of removing wisdom tooth. And should the dentist decide that you need to be sedated, you will be given a sedating medication to remove any anxiety you might be feeling.
How fast can you recover from the procedure? The speed of your recovery will depend on the difficulty of the removing of your wisdom tooth. Nevertheless, your dentist will prescribe a pain medication to help ease any discomfort caused by the procedure.
Expect to experience some facial swelling. You should expect some facial swelling on the area where your wisdom tooth was removed. To help minimize the swelling, you can use cold compress and hold it in place for about 10 to 20 minutes or for as long as you can stand the cold.
When can you expect complete healing? Again it depends on the difficulty of the tooth extraction but usually it ranges from a few weeks to even a couple of months. But just within the first week after the dental procedure, you can experience a significant improvement in the healing on the affected area. The healing should be enough to let you eat more normally and have less bouts of pain or discomfort.