Some people have zero wisdom teeth, while others might have as many as six. However, the average person has four of these vestigial third molars lingering deep in the gums at the back of their mouth. At some point in late adolescence, the wisdom teeth start to migrate as they attempt to erupt from the gums.
This can cause pressure, discomfort, and potential pain. Sometimes a wisdom tooth can develop or attempt to emerge at an unhealthy angle. As this happens it can become trapped and impacted within the gums. Over time it could potentially compromise the root of the adjacent rear molar.
To prevent these complications Dr. Watkins might recommend surgical extraction. This might also be a good time to have the remaining wisdom teeth removed.
This procedure calls for you to be fully sedated. Afterward, you will still feel some sedative effect, so you’ll need to have someone drive you home.
After the extraction, you will need to eat a diet of soft foods and drink without using a straw while your gums heal. Dr. Watkins will likely include a prescription for pain management medication and provide you with any other pertinent recovery care information.
If you live in the San Antonio, TX, area and you or your child is experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 210-526-0925 to schedule a consultation at W Dental Group.