Your wisdom teeth are the final set molars that appear in the very back of your mouth between the late teen years to your early twenties. Your dentist can use dental X-rays to evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine if they need to be removed and when. Here are three commons reasons for wisdom tooth removal:
– Impacted wisdom teeth. If the lack of space in your mouth prevents the wisdom teeth from erupting normally, they can become wedged in the jawbone or gums and need to be surgically removed.
– The teeth are coming in at a bad angle. When wisdom teeth come in crooked, displaced, or sideways, they threaten the alignment of the other teeth and can make your smile appear crooked.
– Your dental arch doesn’t have enough space. If your mouth is too small to accommodate a third set of molars, this can cause problems for your oral health.
What to Expect Before and After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Prior to surgery, you will have the opportunity to speak with our dentist and ask any questions you have about the procedure. It’s important that you notify him of any existing health problems or any drugs that you need to take regularly.
In the days following surgery, some mild discomfort and swelling are normal, but drinking lots of fluid and following any post-surgery care instructions can help you heal quickly. Please notify our office immediately if you experience ongoing pain or swelling or develop a fever. You should also contact your primary care physician.
If you would like to speak with Dr. Aaron Ercole about wisdom tooth removal in North Providence, Rhode Island, please call Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. at 401-353-1515 today.