Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in the smile–and can be the most problematic. Many patients who are told they could benefit from the removal of wisdom teeth, or the third molars, have a lot of questions for their Naples, Florida, area dentist. Drs. Eugene and Olga Titov help answer some of the common questions patients might have regarding dental extractions.
When is a wisdom tooth removed?
There is no one answer to this particular question, as the timing of wisdom tooth removal can vary depending on the individual case. In some instances, a wisdom tooth may need to be removed as soon as it starts to come in, while in others, it may be fine to leave it in until later on. Ultimately, the decision of when to remove a wisdom tooth will be made by an orthodontist or dentist based on a number of factors, including the position of the tooth, the health of the surrounding teeth, and any potential risks involved with leaving the tooth in.
Is wisdom tooth extraction painful?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a specific surgical procedure, so there is some discomfort associated with it. However, this discomfort is usually minimal and can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Most people report that the recovery process is relatively quick and easy.
What are the risks of not having my wisdom teeth removed?
If wisdom teeth are not removed in a timely manner, they can lead to a number of problems, including crowding of the teeth, infections, and cysts. If wisdom teeth are allowed to come in without being removed, they may eventually need to be extracted anyway due to the aforementioned problems. Therefore, it is generally recommended that wisdom teeth be removed sooner rather than later.
What can I expect from recovery after wisdom tooth removal?
Recovery after wisdom tooth removal is typically fairly quick and easy. Most people experience some soreness and swelling for a few days after the procedure, but this is easily managed using over-the-counter pain medication. Additionally, it is critical that you eat soft foods and avoid using straws for the first few days following wisdom tooth extraction in order to prevent dry sockets. Dry sockets are a relatively rare complication, but they can occur if the blood clot that develops in the socket after surgery is dislodged. Dry sockets are extremely painful and can prolong the healing process, so it is key to take steps to prevent them.
How do I choose a provider for wisdom tooth extractions?
If you live in the area of Naples, FL, we recommend calling Drs. Eugene and Olga Titov of Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center to learn more about this procedure. Call 239-331-3575 to request a consultation.