Wisdom teeth are vestigial third molars embedded deep within the gums at the back of your mouth. They typically attempt to emerge in late adolescence after your permanent molars have replaced your primary teeth. Typical symptoms of this include discomfort, pressure, pain, and a general ache in the local muscles.
Most people have very little available room at the back of their mouth. This can sometimes cause can pre-emergent wisdom tooth to be positioned at an unnatural angle. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted or otherwise trapped deep within the gums. In a situation like this, you might experience significant pain.
Without professional treatment at Primary Dental Clinic, an impacted wisdom tooth could eventually threaten the healthy roots of your rear molars.
If one or more wisdom teeth are indeed impacted, Dr. Mark Hughen might recommend oral surgical extraction to remove the affected teeth. Since you are already fully sedated, he will likely recommend extracting the remaining wisdom teeth before they can cause future problems.
If the extraction required full sedation, you will still feel some lingering effects. It’s best to have someone drive you home and lend you a hand while you fully regain your senses.
After the extraction, it’s best to eat a soft-foods diet until your gums have fully healed. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the recovery process, yet you should avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could harm a healing incision.
Dr. Mark Hughen might prescribe any relevant anti-inflammatory or pain management medication as needed.
If you live in the Midland, Texas, area and you are contemplating wisdom tooth extraction, you should call 432-570-7080 to schedule a consultation at Primary Dental Clinic.