Nobody wants to hear the news that they will have to have their wisdom teeth removed. While some people can go their entire lives without requiring such a procedure, the majority of people require removal, and for several reasons. Please continue reading and speak with our New Jersey dental team to learn more about these procedures, why they are required, and how we can work to make the process as painless as possible. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Why do humans have wisdom teeth if they always require removal?
This is a good question, and the answer is quite simple. Years ago, our ancient ancestors often consumed rawer, harder materials, and these teeth aided in the chewing and breaking down of those foods. However, we no longer have a use for such teeth. Unfortunately, not only are these teeth practically useless in today’s day and age, but they often cause a wide array of complications when they finally come in. They can cause overcrowding, nerve damage, infections, and more, which is why most people simply have them removed. In many cases, people who suffer from impacted wisdom teeth will experience a wide array of serious issues, such as cysts, infections, intense pain, and even tumors.
What happens when a dentist removes wisdom teeth?
The removal process largely depends on whether your teeth are impacted or not. When we conduct the procedure, you will either go under anesthesia or we will simply numb your gums. While you are in recovery, you will feel some soreness for one to two weeks after the procedure. Some of the most common symptoms of having wisdom teeth removed are swollen cheeks, a sore jaw, and sore gums, among other minor side effects. Furthermore, if you are bleeding after your surgery, do not be alarmed, for this should stop about a day after your surgery.
What can help with pain after wisdom tooth removal?
After having your wisdom teeth removed, though you may feel pain, there are several things you can do to limit the pain. For example, you should avoid harder foods (think bagels, steaks, etc.), avoid hot liquids, try not to smoke or drink alcohol, and attempt to avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting. Finally, over-the-counter pain medication is also a viable option. If you have any other questions, give our team a call today.
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