Wisdom teeth are one to four extra teeth that develop during the late teenage years in the back of our mouths and can cause a whole host of problems if not taken care of. However, with experienced removal of your wisdom teeth in Kennewick, WA, you can prevent oral discomforts and a shifting bite. But since wisdom tooth extraction is considered a form of oral surgery, we know many patients have questions on the procedure. Dr. Andrew Mohlman has your answers to the most frequently asked wisdom teeth questions, here!

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are extra molars that develop in the back of your mouth during the late teenage years. For most patients, their mouth does not have enough space to allow these teeth to grow in properly, so they often become impacted. Impacted teeth can cause problems such as infection, damage to surrounding teeth, crowding of existing teeth, and severe oral pain. Additionally, wisdom teeth are completely unnecessary to your overall oral health.

How Do I Know if I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Most patients will know they need to receive wisdom tooth extraction do to the often painful symptoms. If you experience pain or swelling in the back of your mouth, have trouble opening your mouth, frequently have a bad taste or bad breath, or feel like your teeth are shifting, you likely need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.

What If I Don’t Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

If you don’t receive tooth extraction as your wisdom teeth begin to develop, you are likely to suffer from tooth and jaw problems later in life. Wisdom teeth that are not removed will try to erupt from the jaw like a natural tooth, pushing any existing teeth out of proper position and possibly causing crowding. During the tooth eruption, patients may experience jaw pain or infection. Later in life, once the wisdom tooth roots have fully developed and fused to the jaw bone, it can be even more difficult to remove these teeth, involving a much more invasive surgery.

What is the Surgery Like?

Wisdom tooth extraction is actually very common. We will begin by studying your jaw and position of the wisdom teeth through highly detailed x-rays. On the day of surgery, you will be sedated to calm your nerves and block any sensations of pain. Most patients fall asleep and wake up with the surgery completed! Dr. Mohlman will access the wisdom teeth through the gums and carefully remove them to cause minimal discomfort or damage to your jaw. Your gums will then be sutured back together and you will be free of wisdom teeth!

Is the Recovery Painful?

Wisdom teeth extraction does require a recovery time of a few days and you will need someone to take you home right after surgery. But with some prescribed pain medications and careful instruction from the doctor, you’ll be able to heal easily. Most patients require a liquid diet for a few days, followed by soft foods. You may experience some bleeding for a day or two, but that is normal as the blood clots form.

Do You Have More Questions?

If you have more questions, feel free to call Dr. Mohlman’s office and schedule a consultation to find out if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed in Kennewick, WA. We look forward to getting your oral health back to where it should be!