FAQs About Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Whether you are having problems with them or not, there is a good chance that your dentist will recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted. Wisdom teeth extractions are extremely common and safe, but many patients have questions about what to expect if they decide to have them removed. If you’re scheduled for a wisdom teeth extraction in Austin, here are the answers to some questions that may be on your mind.

Why do I need to remove my teeth if I am not having any problems?

Wisdom teeth do not have any real purpose, and they have the propensity to cause more harm than good. When they are not extracted, wisdom teeth may eventually cause pain because of the way they grow in. Likewise, they may not erupt from your jaw completely but instead create an opening in which food and bacteria can become trapped that can’t be effectively brushed. This can lead to infections, gum disease, and tooth decay. Extracting your wisdom teeth can prevent these problems from occurring.

What happens during the extraction?

Before you the extraction begins, you will receive anesthesia so that you are completely comfortable. The method your dentist uses to extract the teeth depends on whether they have erupted or not. In some cases, it is necessary to cut into the gum and remove the teeth from the jaw. Your dentist will tell you before your extraction if your teeth are erupted and what procedure he or she expects to use. You will need to bring someone with you to your dentist’s office because you will be unable to drive after the procedure.

What is the recovery like?

Your dentist will give you pain medications and, in some cases, antibiotics after the extraction. Most people need a few days of rest but are comfortable managing their pain with the prescribed medications. Your dentist will advise you what you will need to avoid as your mouth heals and when you can return to eating normal foods.

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