Has your dentist recommended that you get your wisdom teeth pulled? You may have questions about wisdom teeth and the procedure. Here are the answers for the 10 most common questions about extracting impacted wisdom teeth.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. It is believed that these teeth helped our early ancestors chew coarser food like leaves and nuts.
What age do wisdom teeth erupt?
For most people, wisdom teeth erupt between 18 to 22.
Does everyone have wisdom teeth?
Not everyone has wisdom teeth. It is possible to have one or two wisdom teeth erupt, or all four.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
Wisdom teeth need to be extracted if they cause pain, overcrowding in your teeth, or become impacted. In some cases, the teeth can erupt without causing any of these issues and do not need to be removed.
What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
If you suffer from impacted wisdom teeth, you can expect swollen and bleeding gums, jaw swelling, bad breath, and some difficulty opening your mouth.
What can happen if I don’t get my wisdom teeth removed?
If you don’t get your wisdom teeth extracted after your dentist recommends it, your wisdom teeth can cause shifting and overcrowding with your other teeth. It can also be painful.
What pain management options are available for wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth are typically extracted using general anesthesia, IV sedation, or a local anesthetic. Once you go home, you can use over the counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, ice chips, and warm, moist heat. Your provider may prescribe pain medication for the first few days.
What’s recovery like for wisdom teeth removal?
On the day of the surgery, you’ll want to make sure that someone is available to drive you home, as you will likely be drowsy and unable to operate a car. You won’t be able to eat hard foods, drink, consume caffeine, or smoke for three to four days. If your wisdom teeth were impacted, it could take longer. Your provider will discuss how to take care of the extraction site and keep it clean. It will take several months before the site heals.
How much does removing your wisdom teeth cost?
The price depends on whether you undergo sedation or a local anesthetic, as well as how many teeth are being extracted. It averages around $75 to $200 per tooth depending on various factors including the dental provider removing the tooth and how badly it is impacted.
What is a dry socket?
Dry socket can happen three to four days after your wisdom teeth are pulled. It is where the bone and nerves are exposed. It causes pain and bad breath. It is important to flush the area and discuss any symptoms with your dental provider.
If you have questions about wisdom teeth removal or want to schedule an appointment, please call Mid Manhattan Oral Surgery at (212) 696-2677. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have or discuss your concerns.