How to tell when a Wisdom Tooth needs to be extracted and How to Prepare for it

Wisdom teeth removal is a standard dental procedure, but does thinking about it make you anxious and restless? The truth is, no matter how careful you are, almost everyone has to go through this process. Nonetheless, some people do not need to get their wisdom teeth removed. 

There are ways to tell if it is necessary to remove wisdom teeth or not.

To help you prepare, this blog covers all that you need to know about the symptoms or signs of developing wisdom teeth, how to prepare for the procedure beforehand, what happens during an emergency extraction, and the cost difference between an emergency and pre-prepared extraction. 

What you need to know about Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth? 

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that start to develop at the back of your mouth during your late teen or early adult years. These are the last set of teeth to grow, increasing the count to 32. Taking up the only room available for 28 teeth in our mouth leads to overcrowding, which leads to pain and discomfort.  

People can have one to four wisdom teeth, while some have none. If you belong to the latter category, consider yourself lucky! Do not worry about it, as there is nothing wrong with your oral health. According to Dental Research Journal, around 5 to 37 percent of the population do not develop their third molars. The reason is unknown, but it has some association with your genetics. This means, if one of your parents did not have wisdom teeth, you might not have them either. Other factors such as environment, diet, and chewing function can affect the growth of wisdom teeth. 

Signs Indicating Wisdom Teeth Extraction is Necessary

Some people tend to get on with the removal process before wisdom teeth start to cause any pain, whereas others prefer waiting till the last moment when the pain becomes unbearable.

If you plan to put off the removal or believe that wisdom teeth might not bother you at all, you might be in for a nasty surprise since wisdom teeth tend to cause more problems the longer they remain in the mouth.

Many symptoms you experience can be due to impacted wisdom teeth or entirely different dental issues. Therefore, if you experience any of the symptoms listed below, make sure to consult a dentist at Woodshore Family Dentistry. 

Common signs of wisdom teeth development include:

  • Severe toothache in the back of your mouth

This is one of the most common symptoms of wisdom teeth. The pain is often caused by a tooth pressing on the nerves present in the mouth. The pain might be mild and sporadic initially, but it can go on for several days, months, or even years, and it can gradually reach a point when it gets challenging to chew or even talk.

  • Bleeding gums and swollen gums

When wisdom teeth begin to grow, they may cause a flap of gum tissue to form near the top or side of the gum of the incoming tooth. The gum can easily be infected when food particles or bacteria get stuck in it. This leads to swelling and redness of gums.

Moreover, if you experience bleeding gums when you brush your teeth, this indicates that you might be getting a Wisdom tooth extraction near you.

  • Frequent headaches and earaches

Pain caused by wisdom teeth can often radiate further, causing earaches and headaches as well as stiffness and swelling in your jaw.

Once wisdom teeth start breaking out, you might notice a change in how your teeth bite altogether, causing pain and stiffness. Over time, it can also cause your jaw to swell up. 

  • Sinus Issues emerge

When the roots of wisdom teeth start to grow in the upper jaw, pressure is exerted on the sinuses. This can cause sinus pain, headaches, and congestion.

If you experience any of the symptoms above, it most likely indicates that wisdom teeth extraction has become mandatory. However, if you let them remain untreated, they can eventually lead to serious dental issues, such as; oral cysts, gum disease, and damage to adjacent teeth.

Preparing for the Procedure in Advance

Now that you have gathered courage for wisdom teeth removal, it is about time to learn how to prepare for it in advance. Below, you will find a list of guidelines to follow before the surgery:

  • No eating or drinking after midnight before the surgery. It is necessary to apply anesthesia in many cases, and a full stomach can cause subsequent obstruction of your airway.
  • If you smoke, try to avoid it for 12 hours before the surgery.
  • Make necessary arrangements at home before leaving for the clinic. You'll want to stock up on "friendly" food items such as ice-creams, smoothies, and other soft foods. 
  • Finally, you may want to set up a corner in your house with everything you require to be comfy for a few days as you will need to rest and relax.
  • Be straightforward with your dentist about the medication you take, drug or alcohol use. Believe it or not, this poses various challenges or dangers, and having complete information helps your dentist prepare in advance.

When you consider Woodshore Family Dentistry for wisdom teeth extraction, you don't have to be distressed. We offer IV (intravenous) sedation to be more relaxed and have a better surgery experience. For this purpose, we provide the services of a specialist in IV sedation who comes to your office exclusively to perform this process. 

Emergency Extraction 

If you experience a severe toothache or infection abscesses, you might have to undergo an emergency wisdom tooth extraction. The emergency process involves an initial consultation followed by an X-ray to confirm wisdom tooth extraction is the only course of treatment. 

This procedure involves lifting the gum around the tooth before the extraction. You will be provided with sedation options to choose from so that you remain conscious without experiencing pain during the procedure. If you experience dental phobia, make sure to opt for the intravenous sedation option to help you relax.

Although emergency extraction helps you get rid of wisdom teeth, it comes with its cons. The following section discusses the cost difference for pre-planning and emergency extraction.

Cost Analysis of Planned Wisdom Tooth Removal vs. Emergency Extraction 

If you have pre-planned the extraction, it can cost around $130 to $250. This cost is applicable for a routine tooth extraction. However, if the extraction requires gum tissue or bone removal, it increases up to $250 to $370.

The cost for extraction will increase if you have delayed the procedure and end up at the clinic in an emergency when your teeth have been infected and producing pus. The complexity of the procedure can end up in a bill of around $300 to $500. 

These are approximate costs and only include the extraction. They do not include additional expenses such as X-rays, lab tests, and anesthesia. For a more accurate amount, please consult your dentists at Woodshore Family Dentistry.

Final Thought

Now that you have all the information regarding wisdom teeth consult your dentist in your early teens or adulthood. This will save you from pain and any complications in the future. 

However, if you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, make a quick call to your dentist instead of running away from the procedure. Remember, the earlier you figure out the issue, the lesser the pain and expense it will cause. 

"Woodshore Family Dentistry is privately owned by Dr. Vishal Pattni and Dr. Saumeen Desai. Both doctors have extensive experience in improving and customizing smiles. Please call the office at 979-341-9890 for a free consultation and smile evaluation." 


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