Call us! (615) 526-2493 Request An Appointment

Wisdom tooth extractions: It’s not as bad as one might think

Wisdom Tooth ExtractionsA common part of many people's childhood, wisdom tooth extractions are almost like a rite of passage for teenagers. The wisdom teeth sit at the back of the mouth and can greatly help with chewing. While a common procedure, it is associated with pain and something that many people dread. However, wisdom tooth extractions can be safe, mostly painless (except for some soreness after) and can result in less pain for the patient after the procedure.

Why people need tooth extractions

Known as the third molars, wisdom teeth may not need removal for some people. Mouthhealthy.org explains that “When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew.” However, many people may not have the room for the wisdom teeth to grow in due to overcrowding. In other cases, the wisdom teeth can grow in at incorrect angles and lead to more pain as they grow against other teeth.

Mouthhealthy.org lists the possible problems that can lead to extraction, including wisdom teeth that:

  • Trap food due to being in the wrong position
  • Do not come in properly and make it difficult to floss
  • Have only partially come through and give bacteria a place to enter the gums
  • Do not have room to come through can crowd and damage other teeth
  • Form a cyst from being impacted

At a regular dental checkup, the dentist will check for all of these signs before deciding if an extraction is necessary. While there may be a small amount of soreness after wisdom tooth extractions, patients will be able to return to a normal lifestyle after. In fact, a patient will experience a large amount of pain if he or she needs to have the teeth removed. Mouthhealthy.org lists reasons wisdom tooth extractions may become necessary, including:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

A patient can avoid all of this pain by deciding to go through a wisdom tooth extraction. The process for which, is not half as difficult or painful as some people might believe.

The procedure

The procedure for wisdom tooth extractions will involve the dentist first taking X-rays of the patient's teeth to get an adequate view of the wisdom teeth. From there, the dentist will determine if the wisdom teeth need to be extracted. The placement and condition of the wisdom teeth will affect the overall procedure. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, then the extraction might be more intensive than normal.

Preparation for the extraction mainly involves the patient asking any and all questions. A dentist will address all concerns and explain the details of the procedure if necessary. In most cases, the dentist will use sedation to put the patient under during the procedure. While the patient is asleep, the dentist will pull out the wisdom teeth with the best procedure for the situation.

Following the extraction, the patient will still be under the effects of the sedation. Thus, it is necessary to have a friend or family member drive the patient home after. In most cases, the patient will also keep some gauze in the mouth to collect any other blood that might trickle out. Fortunately, the amount of blood will be small and not last too long. The Mayo Clinic recommends resuming “normal activities the next day, but for at least a week, avoid strenuous activity that might result in losing the blood clot from the socket,” and to “Drink lots of water after the surgery.”

If you or a loved one needs to go through wisdom tooth extractions, call (615) 526-2493 and schedule a consultation today. Our Franklin dentist office will make sure the procedure goes without a hitch and that the patient can continue to have a life with healthy teeth after.

Recent Posts

What To Expect From Wisdom Teeth Removal In Franklin

If you are considering a wisdom teeth removal in Franklin, call our office and schedule a consultation. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. If there is room in your mouth for this third set of molars and they grow in properly, you could continue to live with them without experiencing any irritation.…

Common Emergency Dentist Visits And Prevention Tips

An emergency dentist can help fix a variety of dental issues for you. However, you likely want to avoid seeing this type of dentist if you can. The good news is that with the right care, you can prevent a visit. Keep reading to learn more about these dentists.A common reason for a visit to…

Foods To Eat To Avoid An Emergency Dentist Visit

To avoid an emergency dentist visit and prevent cavities, what you eat is an important factor. The foods you eat impact your general health as well as your teeth and gums. Eating a well-balanced diet is always recommended. Read on to find out some food choices that are good for your health.Changes in the mouth…

Reasons Your Teeth Could Be Aching

Toothaches are typically caused by tooth decay that has been neglected to the point that it causes considerable physical pain. But there are other reasons for tooth pain. Anything from excessive teeth grinding or clenching to gum disease, infection, trauma or an erupting tooth can cause a toothache. Here is a closer look at the…


Recent Posts

Find A Dentist For Routine Dental Procedures

Find A Dentist For Routine Dental Procedures

Anyone who wants to maintain excellent oral health first needs to find a dentist who is experienced and trustworthy. Establishing regular dental maintenance can help prevent the need for more procedures down the road. Patients already established with a dentist can schedule appointments for routine dental procedures more quickly and easily. Although some people choose…

Considerations For Denture Relining

5 Considerations For Denture Relining

If a denture patient is experiencing sore gums, a denture relining may offer a better fit and more confidence. Dentures can have definite advantages, but only when they fit properly, allowing chewing and speech to be as normal as possible. Relining can help make this possible.There are three main types of relines, each with its…