Every year, many Americans make an appointment with an oral surgeon to have their wisdom teeth removed. Although it’s a normal procedure that doesn’t take long, there are many misconceptions that can keep someone from visiting an oral surgeon when they need to.
- Wisdom teeth removal is painful. There are two options for you when you have your wisdom teeth removed: laughing gas and anesthesia. If you choose to have laughing gas, you’re also provided with novacaine that numbs your jaw, gums, and face. You don’t feel any pain during the surgery. After the surgery, you may experience some swelling and discomfort. However, you should not feel extreme pain. If you do, talk to your oral surgeon.
- You may need braces because of your wisdom teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth can cause impacting and crowding with your other teeth. However, your wisdom teeth won’t require orthodontic treatment. Some patients may not even need their wisdom teeth removed because they grow into the proper position and are healthy teeth.
- Everyone has wisdom teeth. Millions of people have wisdom teeth and may need to have them removed if they become impacted. But not everyone actually has wisdom teeth. Some people may have wisdom teeth that never erupt past the gums while others may not have them at all.
- Dentists can tell when your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Dentists can use x-rays and routine check-ups to keep an eye on your wisdom teeth. But it’s not possible to predict when your wisdom teeth will erupt or how they’ll erupt. Your dentist will let you know when your wisdom teeth have become impacted because this will show on the x-rays.
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If you’re experiencing tooth pain and you need your wisdom teeth removed, you’re not alone. Wisdom tooth removal is a common surgery that’s performed on 5 million Americans every year.
East Mississippi Oral and Facial Surgery provides a wide array of dental services including wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, TMJ treatments, and dental implants. To learn more about wisdom teeth removal and other services for caring for tooth pain, contact East Mississippi Oral and Facial Surgery today.