A rite of passage Wisdom teeth extractions

A rite of passage Wisdom teeth extractions

A rite of passage Wisdom teeth extractions

From humorous stories told by friends to popular videos on the internet, wisdom teeth extractions seem to be a rite of passage for most people. While some people may never have to get wisdom teeth extracted, others are haunted by the fear of the procedure. People who are afraid may not even be aware of why the wisdom teeth have to come out in the first place.

The wisest of the bunch

As a child, caring for one's teeth seems simple. You brush twice a day, place baby teeth under your pillow, get cash and wait for the adult teeth to grow in. Once a child grows up, though, teeth suddenly become complicated.

“One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars,” mouthhealthy.org explains. Commonly known as wisdom teeth, dentists will usually remove the third molars before patients reach their 30s.

While some people are lucky to have wisdom teeth grow in properly, other people have wisdom teeth that grow in improperly and cause problems. If the wisdom teeth become impacted, they “are trapped in your jaw or under your gums,” mouthhealthy.org writes. When this happens, the patient will need to have the wisdom teeth removed.

Dental professionals normally prefer to save as many natural teeth as possible, except when it comes to wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth do not grow in properly, mouthhealthy.org lists that the wisdom teeth can cause:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Gum disease and tooth decay
  • Damage to surrounding teeth

The pain from wisdom teeth are left untreated is far greater than the pain one will feel after an extraction. The process for a wisdom tooth extraction is not too complex if an individual visits a professional dentist.

During and after the extraction process

To start off any extraction process, “your dentist will examine your mouth and take an x-ray,” then mouthhealthy.org continues, “You and your dentist can discuss the best course of treatment.” Patients do not need to worry as we will help ensure they do not feel pain during a wisdom tooth extraction. The dentist will use the X-rays to ensure the best quality procedure for each individual patient.

Following the procedure, the patient will remain in the office until the bleeding is under control and the numbing begins to wear off. This part of the process varies on how many teeth the dentist pulls out and how strong the numbing method was. After a few days of minor to moderate pain, a patient will be able to continue eating favorite foods and living a healthy life.

If you or a loved one is struggling with your wisdom teeth, do not let the situation only get worse. The pain will linger until a dentist removes the teeth causing it. Seek advice and help from a professional dentist that places the patient’s needs at the forefront of the practice.

ATI Dental Care

At ATI Dental Care in Naperville, IL, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff will go over any important facts you need to know about your treatment.

If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us. We will answer any questions and make sure you get the help to feel comfortable with your treatment. We can help prevent any constant damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health.


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