Wisdom teeth have always been sort of a mystery for a lot of people. They appear quite late in our lives, often when we’re around 16 to 24 years old and there’s one question that lingers: Do we need to get rid of them? Well, it depends.

Your dentist may recommend extraction if the wisdom tooth is causing a problem with the appearance of your teeth. Wisdom teeth can “push” the rest of your teeth sideways because of the space they’re occupying in your gums. This may eventually result in crooked and unsightly teeth.

Sometimes you may also need to remove a wisdom tooth due to decay. Since wisdom teeth grow at the farthest corners of our mouths, they tend to be hard to brush and floss, resulting in plaque build-up and eventually cavities. Of course, it is not good to wait until there’s a problem with your wisdom teeth. You can go to your dentist and have them checked.

Preparing for a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If you’ve never had a wisdom tooth removed, you might think that the procedure is painful and messy. On the contrary, it can be a very simple and painless process especially if your dentist is one who has performed a lot of this type of tooth extraction.

A local anesthetic will be injected or applied to numb the area of your gums where the tooth will be removed. If you will have more than one wisdom tooth extracted, a general anesthetic will be used and this can prevent you from feeling any pain. You will be advised by your dentist not to eat or take in any liquids at least five hours before the extraction schedule.

After the Extraction

When the wisdom tooth has finally been removed, a gauze bandage may be applied or a few stitches may be needed. If the latter is the case, there is a dissolving type of stitch, which disappears within 3-5 days, and one that needs to be removed several days after.

Most people recover from wisdom tooth extraction without any complications. They only need to take in prescribed painkillers to ease whatever pain they might experience while recovering.

To get in touch with an experienced Grand Junction dentist for your wisdom tooth removal, you may call Grand Dental, P.C. at (970) 243-8580. Headed by Dr. Eric Benefield, the clinic offers dental services in wisdom teeth extraction, mini implants, sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and other dental care procedures.