For people who wear or have worn braces, you know the feeling of constant pain after your monthly visit to the dentist. For some of you, your dentist might comment about the extraction of your wisdom teeth. You might be puzzled when your dentist told you that you needed your wisdom teeth extracted. So the most natural thing to do after that was to ask what wisdom teeth are. Then they tell you about it, and then you’re left even more puzzled than before. So you reach home and open your computer to look it up online.
For the next few minutes, what you’ll discover might concern you and your wallet because the procedure will cost a lot of money. But the question is, is it worth it? Of course, the short answer would be absolutely. But what are wisdom teeth, and why do they need to be extracted? What’s the procedure like? Hopefully, these questions will be answered in the following few lines of text to correctly address the information required on wisdom teeth extraction.
In the dawn of humanity, where cooking didn’t exist yet, our jaws used to be broader in shape. That means all our teeth were evenly spaced to cut through raw meat, which was the primary food we used to eat. As time went by, where cooking became a staple in everyone’s daily routine, our jaws became narrower because we no longer need to tear through tough meat and fiber-heavy vegetation. As a result, cooking made food easier to chew, and broader jaws are no longer required. However, the genes found in the development of our jaws are separate from the ones in our teeth. This led to our teeth remaining the same in structure while our jaws continued to shrink in size.
It got to the point where there wasn’t enough space to fit all 32 of our teeth. But as we all know, they all made it through nonetheless. Of course, the last to form all 32 are the wisdom teeth. They are about 4 in total, one at each end of the upper and lower jaw. So they are oriented at an angle and may clash with other teeth that may cause irritations and swelling if not removed.
As mentioned, wisdom teeth protrude in the far ends of our mouths near the jaws, which may collide with our other teeth, creating pressure. Furthermore, it also makes an opening for tiny food particles to enter and remain intact while bacteria can potentially grow. As a result, wisdom teeth will lead to all sorts of problems starting with toothache, tooth decay, and gum infections. Therefore, extracting it is highly necessary because discomfort will ensue in the process.
Why remove wisdom teeth? It’s apparent now that you know the potential harm it can cause you in your daily life. The next thing to do now is learning about the procedure you’ll participate in to have those wisdom teeth extracted.
Going into your first surgery could be scary. But there’s nothing to worry about. There are many points to note about the extraction procedure. Let’s first go over the things to do before the process, and then we’ll work on how you’ll feel after it.
- The first thing to know is that you aren’t allowed to eat anything after midnight the night before the procedure. You may feel hungry, but sacrifices must be made to make the whole extraction work smoothly.
- Have some friends with you. It’s never a bad thing to have a support group with you. They can also take you home after the surgery.
- On the subject of friends, make sure they accompany you going home as you may feel light-headed after the procedure
Now it’s time to go to the dental clinic. A person will accompany you to the dentist after you sign a few papers about consent and personal information; you will immediately be greeted by your dentist and ask to lie down on a big chair. Next, they’ll put stickers and padding on your chest, take your temperature, and attach a blood pressure cuff to your arm. They’ll then put an oxygen mask in your nose and mouth area. They will also give you laughing gas to help you feel comfortable. Finally, an IV (Intravenous Sedation) will be given to you as well. IV is a sedation drug that will make a patient sleepy and free of pain throughout extraction. Once the necessary medications are provided to you, the extraction begins.
For the most part, you won’t even feel anything. The entire time, you’ll either be sleeping or be drowsy. In no time, those wisdom teeth will be gone from your mouth, and gauze will be wrapped around your head with cold-pressed ice to numb the nerves being tinkered with by the dentist. Right after the procedure, you’ll be experiencing intermittent pain and swelling in 3 days until it soothes down and things go back to normal.
The whole process could be daunting at first. However, from the first step to the last, the entire endeavor is undoubtedly worth the sacrifices you’ll be making along the way. Wisdom teeth are such a hassle to deal with. They cause irritations, pain, and bacteria accumulation. Therefore, it’s best to take them off of you than letting them stay even longer. You can tell from the procedure that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout the whole 45 minutes of the surgery. There are so many whispers of scary stories happening inside a dentist’s clinic when it’s all safe and very relaxing in reality. To make matters even better, you’ll gain the advantage of having clean and stress-free teeth while you go about your day.
At the end of the day, wisdom tooth extraction will cost you a lot of money. But for that money, you’ll live a comfortable life without the thought of bacteria buildup and pain. So I say you go for it and have them removed. I happened to pull mine out just a few years ago, and it was all worth it in the end. So feel free to talk to your dentist more about the subject and learn about your teeth, mainly the four small wisdom teeth growing at the far ends of your jaws.