Is It Difficult to Remove Wisdom Teeth in Asheville?
This answer, like the above, is not a definitive one. Each wisdom tooth removal procedure depends heavily on the length of the roots as well as the proximity of the teeth to other structures, such as the nerves and blood vessels in the jaw.
Generally speaking, wisdom teeth in the lower jaw are more likely to be “impacted,” meaning they are harder to remove than the wisdom teeth in the upper jaw. Like any surgical procedure, there are certain risks, though they are generally low. Post-operative infection, nerve damage, and delayed healing can occur.
Our surgeons have two choices when removing a person’s wisdom teeth: general or local anesthesia, which depends on the number of teeth that need to be taken out, the level of difficulty, and personal preference. All options will be explained to you by a member of our surgical team and a decision will be made that suits your individual needs.
If teeth are removed via local anesthetics, the immediate area surrounding your tooth will be numbed, similar to how it is when you are getting a filling. Removal of teeth under general anesthetic is possible at our offices as they are equipped to offer all levels of sedation.
Following removal, it is common to experience swelling and discomfort for a number of days. There may be stitches to keep the wound closed and help with healing. We will advise you on the best care practices following the procedure, including whether you should be using any particular mouthwash to aid in recovery.
If you are using retainers from orthodontic care, there will likely be a few days where it is too uncomfortable to wear them, but it is important to return to wearing your retainers as soon as your mouth is comfortable enough to do so.
Though there are no strict dietary restrictions such as those involved in the braces diet following your wisdom teeth removal, it’s best that you avoid hard or crunchy foods such as nuts, popcorn, or chips until your mouth has healed. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
Visit BRO If You’re Concerned About Wisdom Teeth
While each case is different, visiting BRO when you start to feel your wisdom teeth coming through is a good idea. Doing so will allow us to examine your teeth and decide what treatment options may be necessary based on the way that your wisdom teeth are impacting the rest of your teeth.
Some measures may be recommended to ensure newly straight teeth stay in the same place. Some patients get a fixed orthodontic retainer, which is placed behind the front teeth, while others may be encouraged to continue wearing removable orthodontic retainers in the long term.
Even for those who aren’t dealing with changes from wisdom teeth, wearing their orthodontic retainer is a good idea for a long-term solution. Retainers help you maintain your orthodontic alignment despite natural changes that may result in shifts in your teeth.
BRO is proud to be your provider for quality orthodontic care in Asheville and Hendersonville. Whenever you feel in doubt about your smile, you know you can come to us. We are here to answer all of your orthodontic questions, whether they are related to wisdom teeth or otherwise. Every person is unique, and so no two cases are exactly alike. While the above information is a good guideline, it’s important that you contact us to make an appointment if you have any issues or questions regarding your wisdom teeth.
If you are new to the Asheville area and looking for a new orthodontist, stop by for a complimentary consultation to get a feel for our office. We are always looking forward to welcoming new members into our BRO family.