Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, form all the way in the back of your mouth, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. These are the last set of teeth to come in and often cause problems when they are erupting (breaking through the gum line), or impacted (they do not come up through gum line). This is because there is only so much room in your jaw and the arrival of another tooth can put pressure on the ones around it.
Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed, and often they appear, erupt, and take their place in your jaw without any trouble, but removal may be necessary if they are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems such as swelling, tenderness, and severe pain in your gums. When impacted wisdom teeth have erupted partially–think of an iceberg sticking out of the ocean–or all the way, they become a nuisance to clean, leading to gum disease, frequent infections, and tooth decay.
Removing your wisdom teeth
Panoramic X-rays are the first step in determining whether oral surgery will be needed to remove your wisdom teeth. With these helpful images, Carolina Complete dentists Dr. Barganier, Dr. Bale and Dr. Zuffi can examine your mouth and see what needs to be done. Every treatment plan is designed with patients’ specific needs in mind, so remember that a recommendation to have your wisdom teeth removed should be taken seriously and acted upon as soon as possible. If impacted wisdom teeth are left alone, the complications can become more severe as their roots continue to form, and the bone surrounding them grows denser. This also negatively affects the ease of removal and length of recovery time.
How are wisdom teeth removed? The first thing to remember is that you won’t feel a thing, because your Goose Creek dentist will use a local anesthetic (numbs the tooth and surrounding area). In fact, if you have concerns about the procedure and don’t wish to be conscious, general anesthetic (sedation) is also available.
Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will begin the procedure. Depending on whether or not the tooth has erupted fully, it may be necessary for your dentist to remove small portions of the bone covering the tooth. This is done carefully and with minimal bone removal to ensure a speedy, comfortable recovery.
Once the procedure is over, you can begin to heal. Each patient’s case is unique so there is no set time for recovery, but many patients find that they are back to work within a couple of days. Your Goose Creek dentist will discuss the recovery process with you and give you a recovery guide and medication to take home to ease swelling and pain, so that you have the quickest and most pleasant healing process.
Rather Have a Root Canal?
If a nerve within one of your teeth has contracted a disease, a root canal is the best option to save that tooth. Advances in dental medicine have provided this solution to nerve problems, and although it sounds daunting to have a root canal, this oral surgery is fairly simple and can save you a whole lot of hassle down the line. In just a few visits to Carolina Complete Dental you can better care for your teeth and your life!
Why do I need a root canal?
Once a tooth has emerged from the gums, the nerve below the tooth tells us if we are drinking hot coffee or cold soda. Nerves only become a problem when deep cavities or cracks in our teeth let bacteria inside—this leads to infections, abscesses, swelling, and severe pain. If not treated, the infected nerve can cause harm to your jawbone, resulting in a loss of the tooth, and serious general health problems.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, a severe toothache that intensifies as you chew, swelling or tenderness in the surrounding gums, or dark discoloration of the tooth, it is best to get in as soon as possible to see Goose Creek dentist, Dr. Barganier or Dr. Bale.
An endodontist specializes in root canals, and the root canal procedure is relative to the unique patient, but can take up to three visits in the office in order to fix the damage.
First, your doctor will administer anesthesia to numb your mouth, and then they will remove the infected nerve and surrounding tissue. Once the tooth is free of the damage, your dentist will clean and seal the inside of your tooth, and apply a dental composite to fill the tooth. If the damage is severe enough to compromise the structure of your tooth, a crown may be necessary to prevent further infection. Otherwise, the root canal is finished!
As a friendly reminder, continue to go to Carolina Complete Dental, and meet with Dr. Barganier or Dr. Bale for regular checkups, while still flossing and brushing regularly at home. This will ensure that your smile and your mouth will stay healthy for the rest of your life!
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If you are in need of oral surgery, you’ve come to the right place! If you have any questions about oral surgery, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Goose Creek dentist, Dr. Barganier or Dr. Bale at Goose Creek Dentistry, give us a call today at – (843) 779-9445.