While not every young adult develops a set of third molars known as wisdom teeth, most do, and most end up needing to have them removed at some point.
For this reason, it’s important to keep wisdom tooth extraction in mind.
Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Not every patient has to have their wisdom teeth removed.
Some can function just fine with them, eating and speaking just as they had before developing wisdom teeth and not experiencing pain by having them.
However, if you happen to be one of many who require wisdom tooth extraction, you’ll be thankful for the procedure.
Since many who develop wisdom teeth experience oral pain and discomfort in addition to problems speaking and eating, having your third molars extracted will be beneficial in relieving these unwanted symptoms.
Another reason why it’s ideal to have your third molars removed is due to insufficient space in the mouth.
Does wisdom tooth extraction hurt?
Like most other surgeries, wisdom tooth extraction will be painful and tender to the touch post-procedure for at least a few weeks. However, local or general anesthesia is given to patients so that they don’t experience pain during the extraction itself.
Keep in mind, though, that a bit of pain after the surgery temporarily is better than experiencing a lifetime of pain and discomfort by keeping your third molars. Your dentist will recommend specific over-the-counter pain relievers or may even prescribe a pain medication to aid with the pain afterwards.
What will happen when I get my wisdom teeth removed? Will this change anything?
Luckily, having your third molars removed, once healed after the procedure, will relieve symptoms of pain, discomfort, faulty spacing in the mouth, and trouble eating and speaking that you acquired once your third molars developed. As you can see, these are positive changes.
Having your wisdom teeth removed will not create problems in your mouth. Your mouth will function just as it had before you developed your third molars, and you won’t have to worry about them “coming back.” They’re gone for good.
How do I cope with the pain after wisdom tooth extraction?
As mentioned, your dentist will recommend pain relievers or prescribe pain medications if necessary. Your dentist will also provide post-procedure care and guidelines for you to follow to ensure a successful healing process and the most pain-free experience as possible.
Some guidelines you’ll want to follow to relieve the pain include the following:
- Stay away from crunchy, hard, chewy, or tough foods while your mouth is healing. These will only cause more pain.
- Take and easy.
- Don’t drink through a straw while healing.
- Avoid smoking.
- Don’t use heat on the area to reduce swelling/pain until day three or later.
- Get plenty of sleep. Since your body heals itself while you’re sleeping, this is vital.
- To numb the pain, ice down the area.
- Contact your dentist if your pain worsens or persists for a longer-than-expected period of time.
Things to look out for post-surgery:
Wisdom tooth extraction is done on several thousands of patients each year and is a reliable procedure to turn to. However, if you notice you a fever, excruciating or worsening pain, pain that doesn’t go away, swelling that won’t go down after a few days, pus, or general signs of an infection after the surgery, contact your dentist immediately.