Like other unnecessary things in life, wisdom teeth can be tolerated until they begin to cause trouble for your oral health. Normally, these teeth may erupt when a person is 17-25 years old. For some people, they never cause any issues or even appear. But it is important to understand what they are and the difficulties they can cause in case the time comes to be proactive with problematic tooth removal. Also, if you decide to act, what do the procedure and ensuing recovery entail? To find out, continue reading or contact our team!
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars at the very back of the mouth. Most people have four of them – one in each quadrant of their mouth. However, some people have only one or two.
They tend to develop long after the other adult teeth have already grown in when a person is older and “wiser” than they were years ago. Most scientists agree these teeth are largely unnecessary for modern humans, but they were essential for our ancestors who ate a very rough diet.
Wisdom tooth removal is not always necessary, but that changes when these teeth pose a threat to a patient’s oral health. If your wisdom teeth are currently causing any of the following problems, or it is deemed likely they will do so in the future, your dentist in Barnegat will recommend you get them extracted:
If you ever experience any discomfort around your wisdom teeth, you may require emergency treatment, so do not hesitate to call us for a same-day appointment.
If your wisdom teeth have fully erupted, we may utilize basic extraction techniques to remove them. That means we will use dental forceps and an elevator to gently extract them.
However, if the teeth are fully or partially impacted (stuck beneath the gumline), surgical techniques might be required to get them out. In that case, Dr. G will refer you to an excellent oral surgeon.
No matter the details of the procedure, it’s always a priority to keep you comfortable.
Most people feel better within a week or so of their wisdom tooth extraction in Barnegat. In the meantime, swelling and facial soreness are normal. Some bleeding may also occur. You must be careful not to disturb the blood clots in your extraction sites.
You should eat soft foods, avoid drinking through straws, avoid smoking, and be very careful when performing oral hygiene tasks. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, we’ll be ready to help.
When the time comes to have your wisdom teeth removed, you’re likely to have a few questions about the procedure. Feel free to let our team know if there’s anything on your mind; we’re always happy for the opportunity to make sure that our patients are fully informed about their care. The FAQs listed below cover some of the topics that we get asked about most often. If there’s anything else you want to know, please give us a call.
We’ll give you some instructions to help you prepare for the extraction process. The exact details may vary depending on your specific needs, but usually you should plan to:
The only way to stop wisdom tooth pain for good is to have them removed. That said, there are steps you can take to reduce your discomfort while you’re waiting for your treatment. You can apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the outside of your cheek for 20-minute intervals. Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen can also help, but if you take aspirin, do not let it directly touch the affected area.
To reduce swelling and keep the area around your wisdom teeth clean, we recommend rinsing with a salt water solution. Swish it around your mouth for about one minute before spitting it out; do not swallow it.
You should normally wait at least one or two hours after wisdom tooth extraction before you eat anything. Trying to bite or chew anything while your mouth is still numb could cause you to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek without realizing it, which can result in considerable pain later. Generally speaking, you should plan on only consuming liquids on the first day; after that, your diet should consist of soft foods until the soreness in your mouth has faded.
Most of the time wisdom tooth removal is considered medically necessary; as such most dental insurance plans will cover a portion of the cost of the procedure. Typically, coverage is around 50% (not accounting for your deductible or annual maximum), but the exact details will vary depending on which dental insurance carrier you have.
Our practice is currently in-network with many popular dental insurance providers including Delta Dental, Cigna, MetLife, and United Healthcare. We also accept out-of-network providers, and we’ll take whatever steps are necessary to help you receive the most savings possible.