Wisdom teeth removal, like any major surgery, can be stressful. From the initial consultation to the final recovery, it is imperative the oral surgeon and the patient take the necessary steps to ensure a successful surgery.
Wisdom teeth (the third molars) are the last teeth to come through the gums. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not need to be removed. Unfortunately, most people have room in their mouth for only 28 teeth, not 32.
There are several benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Burnham shares a few of the top benefits below.
- Pain Reduction – Wisdom teeth erupting through sensitive gum tissue causes intense pain. As wisdom teeth erupt, surrounding teeth begin to shift changing an individual’s bite. The wisdom teeth push against nerves causing intense pain, headaches and chewing difficulties. Wisdom teeth removal can end this pain.
- Infection Prevention – Erupted wisdom teeth can partially break through gums, but fail to fully come in. This can lead to a huge risk of infection as food particles and bacteria can become trapped between the teeth and/or gums. Wisdom tooth removal is a great way to eliminate that risk.
- Netflix/Clearing DVR – With any surgery, there is a recovery time. Luckily, the recovery time for wisdom teeth removal is relatively short. However, you will still have time to catch up on your favorite shows.
- Ice Cream/Smoothies – Did I mention there is a short recovery time? During that time, you will not be able to eat any hard foods so ice cream and smoothies are always great options during this time.
With any surgery, there are pros and cons. A healthy relationship between the patient and oral surgeon is essential to deciding if wisdom tooth removal is the best course of action.
If you think you are ready to have your wisdom teeth removed or interested in a consultation, please contact Burnham Oral Surgery at 303.451.6767 and schedule an appointment.