So, today how about some Real Talk about Wisdom Teeth.
They are adult molars, way in the back of your mouth. Some people call them Third Molars. Usually there are 4, but sometimes people may not get them all. Usually they grow in your late teen years. They might come all the way out like your other teeth, but other ones may not and may get “impacted” or stuck under the gums or grow the wrong direction.
And, why exactly do they have to come out?
Well, if they get impacted, they can cause a lot of pain. And if they are growing in the wrong direction (sideways, for instance) they can push on the other teeth and move them into bad positions. Sometimes they can get infected or get cavities like any other teeth. Not everyone needs to get theirs out – that is something your dentist can help you decide. But often they are removed since they don’t really help with biting and chewing, and may cause more problems than they are worth as time goes on.
OK, so I am going to get them out. What can I expect?
Well, usually a dentist or oral surgeon will remove them. Before you go, they will give you any special instructions that you need to follow. When you get there, you will get medicine to make you sleepy and so that you don’t feel any pain. Sometimes that medicine is given in an IV, and sometimes with a mask (laughing gas, anyone?!) Only after you’re out of it and comfy, will they will get to work removing the wisdom teeth. To do this, they usually have to cut the gum to get at the tooth to pull it out or remove it completely. Exactly how they do this is based on your teeth and your mouth. Once the teeth are out, they will stitch up your gums so that they heal quickly.
And, what happens after? When will I be normal?
What will make me feel better?
Usually you will have a prescription for some pain medication, so you can take that. Also, cold foods and liquids will help. A great excuse to eat some ice cream! At any rate, soft foods will feel best and will help keep the blood clot in place while the gum heals. I like to suggest that you put an old towel over your pillow, since when you sleep, you will droooool. A lot. And while the gum heals, there may be a bit of bleeding in your drool. A towel soaks all that up nicely while you snooze everything off. You probably won’t need strong pain medications for long unless it was really hard to get a tooth out. You can use an ice pack if your jaw is swollen and sore.
That’s it for today! Have any funny stories to share about getting yours out? Comment below! (I know it asks for a name, but you can just write Anonymous if you want to)…..