The last to come in, wisdom teeth pose problems due to the fact they are entering a mouth that is already full of adult teeth.

As a result of their late entry, they often need to be removed by a dentist. If you are going in for wisdom teeth extraction in Tempe Arizona, here are some facts that you’ll need to understand the process.

1) They are the last of your teeth to come in

Of all the adult teeth that you gain, your wisdom teeth are the problem children of the entire lot. They get their name because they come in at around the time that you are in college, usually around the late teens to early twenties, at around the time you become ‘wise’.

Pushing through your gums long after the rest of your teeth enter the mouth, the pain that they cause makes this oral event the most notorious one you’ll experience in your life.

2) They often come in crooked, among other issues

While wisdom teeth can be an asset to your mouth when they come in straight, they are better known for causing a great deal of trouble.

They often come in crooked, fail to punch through your gums adequately, and can damage other teeth, gums, nerves, and even the jaw bone.

As a result, wisdom teeth frequently need to be extracted.

3) You may have to have them removed

Due to the trouble that wisdom teeth can cause, it is often necessary to remove all of them rather than allow them to continue to cause damage in their misaligned state.

This process is straightforward if the wisdom teeth have fully erupted through the gums, as all the dentist has to do is get in there with his extractor and pull them just like they would with any other tooth.

However, it is frequently necessary to remove wisdom teeth that have failed to punch through the gums. In this case, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the affected area, make an incision, and find the wisdom tooth.

Once it has been located, it may have to be cut into pieces in order to be fully removed. Due to the intensity of a wisdom tooth extraction, you will likely need to be excused from work or school for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Bleeding will need to be controlled for several hours after the procedure, and once it has been stopped, cold compresses will help to reduce swelling.

For the pain, over the counter medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen will be prescribed, and you will likely have to take antibiotics to prevent infection in the area of the extraction.

For several days, you will need to restrict yourself to a soft diet (a liquid diet until the anesthesia wears off).

For a week or more, wash your mouth out with warm salt water after meals and before you go to bed to continue to promote healing in the affected areas, and to disinfect them.

4) There are potential complications

After your wisdom tooth extraction, there are a number of complications of which you should be aware.

Dry socket is the most common of these, which results from the failure of a blood clot to form in the extracted tooth area.

Moderate to severe pain results, and it is accompanied by a foul mouth odor. Paresthesia is a rarer occurrence, but it is more insidious.

Caused when the wisdom tooth extraction damages a nerve on the jaw bone, it can lead to the lack of sensation in the tongue, the lips, and the chin.

This condition can be temporary lasting only a few days, or it can last months, and in some cases, permanently.

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