Are you or a family member needing information on wisdom teeth removal? Perhaps your teenager is starting to deal with wisdom-teeth-induced jaw pain? At Dental Arts of Chandler, Dr. Jennifer Enos is your go-to expert on everything related to these trouble-causing third molars.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Let’s start with the basics. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars at the back of your mouth. Typically, they start making their grand entrance between the ages of 17 and 25. In ancient history, these extra molars were helpful with the rough diet of the time, but these days they often don’t play nice with the rest of the team.
Why are Wisdom Teeth So Often Removed?
Ever wondered why these teeth often need removal?
- Limited Space: Our jaws often don’t have enough space to accommodate these late bloomers.
- Impaction: Wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they don’t fully emerge, which can cause a myriad of problems.
- Infection and Swelling: An impacted tooth can lead to infections, leading to swelling, pain, and even bad breath.
- Crowding: These teeth can push others around, affecting alignment.
What is the Extraction Process Like?
Now, let’s talk about the journey of getting wisdom teeth removed, without diving too deep into the gritty details:
- Consultation: Start with an appointment at Dental Arts of Chandler, where Dr. Enos will take a look, maybe an X-ray, and discuss the best course of action.
- Anesthesia: On the day of the surgery, you’ll be given anesthesia via IV to ensure comfort. Whether it’s general or local anesthesia, the aim is to make the process as smooth as possible.
- Extraction: Dr. Enos will gently remove the wisdom tooth, ensuring the surrounding teeth and tissue are cared for.
- Recovery: You might experience slight discomfort, but don’t worry, it’s temporary. And you’ll be given after-care instructions to aid the healing process and keep the pain away.
Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ
Do you have questions about the removal process? We’ve got answers!
Is the extraction painful?
Not during the process! Thanks to anesthesia, you’ll be comfortable. Post-surgery, there might be some discomfort, but it’s manageable with care and pain relief.
What about aftercare?
You’ll get a list! It includes cool stuff like eating soft foods and avoiding straws (the suction can disturb the healing site). And yes, ice cream is on the “good to eat” list!
How long until I’m back to normal?
Everyone’s different, but most folks feel good after a few days. Some even head back to work or school within 48 hours.
What if I’m an older adult who wants to get their wisdom teeth removed?
Everyone’s situation is different, as are our teeth! We’d recommend a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Enos to discuss your specific questions and goals in wisdom teeth removal. Variables like age, oral health, and more can influence how our team proceeds.
Fun Bonus Fact!
Not everyone has four wisdom teeth. In rare cases, some people can have one, two, three, or even five! It’s most common for people to have four wisdom teeth.
Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Give Us a Call Now!
If your wisdom teeth are already causing issues or you just want a check-up to ensure everything’s on track for the future, Dr. Jennifer Enos is ready to assist.
Call us at (480) 963-5821, and let’s make sure your smile, with or without those third molars, remains radiant and pain-free!