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What is Wisdom Teeth Removal? - Rock Hill, SC

Aug 2

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Rock Hill, SC

red headed girl holding wisdom tooth

What exactly is wisdom tooth removal?

Wisdom teeth removal refers to the removal from your third molarsthe permanent adult teeth found at the rear of your mouth located in your lower and upper jaws. Wisdom teeth typically erupt between between 17-21 years old. A majority of people have all four wisdom teeth. The estimates range from 5 up to 37% the population have a few wisdom teeth, or, in some instances some cases, none whatsoever.

What is the reason our teeth have wisdom?

The wisdom teeth, according to researchers, were vital to our ancestors as their diet was mostly comprised of crispy leaves, and raw meat. Nowadays, however we eat more cooked meals and employ forks and knives to chop our food in smaller chunks. This is why wisdom teeth are often regarded as a relic of the past (parts in the body of a person that are now unneeded).

What can I do to determine whether I should have your wisdom teeth taken out?

Sometimes, all four wisdom teeth grow normal and do not cause issues in any way. However, often wisdom teeth grow into an angle or remain completely or partially stuck (impacted) within the jawbone or beneath the gum. This can lead to a wide range of issues. Your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction if you:

  • Are you suffering from dental pain at the mouth's back.
  • You can trap food particles and debris within the wisdom teeth.
  • You may develop gum problems Particularly in the area of your molars.
  • Are you suffering from dental cavities ( cavities) in an erupted wisdom tooth.
  • Form an encapsulation (fluid-filled sac) around one or more wisdom teeth.
  • Are suffering from injury in nearby tooth or the surrounding bone.

In many instances doctors recommend wisdom tooth extraction as a precautionary measure. This is why your dentist might recommend removing your wisdom teeth, even if there are no signs. This will decrease the chance of developing the future, which could include tooth decay and infection.

At what point do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Dr. Areheart cosmetic dentist holding wisdom tooth example

Anyone of any age are able to have their wisdom teeth extracted.
 Many dentists suggest getting them removed when you are in your teens or in your early 20s. At this point in your development your wisdom teeth may be developing. This is why they are more straightforward to remove , with a lower risk of problems.


What happens after wisdom teeth extraction?

Your dentist will send the patient to an oral specialist to consult. During the consultation the doctor will evaluate the condition of the wisdom teeth. They'll also perform dental Xrays to determine the exact location of your wisdom teeth. They'll also go over the options for sedation with you. Wisdom teeth extractions are typically done with local anesthesia IV sedation, or general anesthesia according to your particular needs.

Be sure to inform the surgeon of any medication, vitamins or supplements you're taking. It's also a good opportunity to inquire about any concerns you may have regarding the procedure.

What is the process involved in wisdom tooth removal?

When sedation drugs have been administered, your dentist will inject local anesthesia to help numb the gums and teeth. Wisdom teeth that have been impacted (wisdom teeth that are trapped within the bone or gums) are revealed through the use of incisions that allow your dentist the ability to access them. When the wisdom teeth are exposed and visible, your oral surgeon removes the teeth from their sockets, cleans the affected areas, and then puts in stitches. Most often the stitches will come out by themselves within just a couple of days.

How long will wisdom teeth removal require?

Typically, wisdom tooth extraction is usually completed in one half an hour, or even less. The more complex cases could require more time.

What happens following wisdom teeth removal?

Following the removal of wisdom teeth there is a slight discomfort that is followed by minor swelling and bleeding. The oral surgeon will provide instructions for wisdom tooth treatment to reduce these adverse effects. After sedation wears off sufficiently, a trusted family member or friend will take you home.

xray of impacted wisdom teeth

Risks / Benefits

What are the benefits in wisdom teeth extraction?

The main benefit of wisdom tooth extraction is that it lowers the likelihood of the development of oral health issues like gum disease, tooth decay and damage adjacent teeth or jaws, bone loss and damage. If you've experienced discomfort due to Wisdom teeth extraction will relieve discomfort nearly immediately and put you to your optimal oral health.

What are the potential risks or complications that arise from wisdom teeth extraction?

The majority of the time wisdom teeth removal doesn't cause long-term issues. In rare instances, people may develop:

  • Infection.
  • Dry sockets (loss of blood clots, which results in bone being exposed).
  • The oral structure is also damaged such as the jawbone, sinuses, nerves, or nearby teeth.


How long will it take to heal after wisdom tooth extraction?

Most people feel at ease in three or four days, however, it may take several weeks to allow your gums to fully heal. The oral surgeon will give you detailed instructions following surgery to ensure that you remain in a comfortable position.

Wisdom teeth removal aftercare

Below are some guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery following wisdom teeth removal

  • You should rest as much as you can during the initial couple of days.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities for 48-72 hours.
  • Use an ice or cold packs on your skin to reduce swelling.
  • Make sure that the surgical sites are free of bacterial contamination by gently taking them into an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Avoid vigorous swishing, because this could cause blood clots and lead to dry sockets.
  • Make sure you brush the rest of your teeth as usual.
  • Use all medicines that you are prescribed, including antibiotics and pain alleviators as directed by your doctor.

What should you eat following wisdom teeth are removed

Make sure you have a pantry full of soft foods such as rice, pasta eggs, pudding, eggs and yogurt. In addition, cold foods like Ice cream can ease the pain of the areas of surgery. Avoid the hard, crunchy, and spicy foods because they can cause irritation to the tissues. Also, do not drink from straws. The suction may remove blood clots that are necessary to heal.

When am I able to go back to school or work?

The majority of people are able to return to school or work within the space of two to three days following removal of wisdom teeth. But if your work requires physical work or weight lifting, you may have to take several days off from work.

When should you call the doctor?

When should I visit my doctor?

In most cases wisdom teeth extractions don't cause any major issues. But, it is important to contact an oral surgeon in the event that you suffer from:

  • The temperature that is 100.4 Degrees Fahrenheit, or more.
  • Infection (pus) that has come out from any extraction sites.
  • A lot of bleeding.
  • The pain that isn't getting better with medications.
  • The swelling gets worse after 3 days.
  • Nausea in the facial area.
  • It is difficult in swallowing as well as breathing.
  • The nasal drainage.

A note from the Piedmont Dental, Rock Hill, SC

Removal of wisdom teeth is an common dental procedure that can reduce the risk of dental issues. The choice for removing wisdom teeth a crucial one, and the decision isn't always clear. Consult your doctor regarding whether wisdom tooth removal is the right choice for you.


If you are needing wisdom teeth extractions or any tooth extactraction in the Rock Hill area, call Piedmont Dental, Dr. Areheart,

Piedmont Dental, Dr. Areheart
1562 Constitution Blvd #101, Rock Hill, SC 29732
(803) 328-3886