Your wisdom teeth often come in during your late teens and even into early adulthood. Wisdom teeth are referred to as your back molars and are the last teeth to grow in. Getting your wisdom teeth removed can cause a lot of anxiety as it comes with a lot of unknowns. However, it is a routine procedure that many people undergo without issue. You are in and out on the same day, you will be provided anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain, and the recovery time is fast. But do you need general anesthesia for wisdom teeth extraction?
Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
Some people’s wisdom teeth grow in perfectly and do not need to be removed. However, this is not the case for everyone. If you experience any of the symptoms below, it’s likely time to set up an appointment as you may need to get your wisdom teeth removed.
- Inflammation: You may have inflamed, swollen, or sensitive gums, especially in the back of your mouth. If you notice any redness or bleeding in your gums, it’s time to make an appointment with the dentist.
- Pain: If you experience pain in your mouth and jaw, your wisdom teeth may be coming in. Patients most often report the sensation of pressure in the back of their mouth. If there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth in your mouth, the new teeth can cause your current teeth to be pushed forward. This can cause pain in your gums, mouth, and jaw.
A dentist will be able to let you know whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed during a dental visit. Diagnosing the issue is simple, and the removal is common and highly effective. Despite removal being a completely common procedure, it can cause a lot of anxiety among patients. This is understandable, but it’s important to remember that without extraction you may experience more pain, infection, and damage to the alignment of your current teeth. With proper pain management techniques, the procedure is fairly quick with a very low amount of pain.
Do You Need General Anesthesia for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
The procedure is performed in a dental office, and you can leave the same day. It’s suggested that you take a few days off if possible to deal with any soreness or discomfort as your gums heal. Before you get your wisdom teeth removed you receive local anesthetic, which will completely numb the area. Depending on your level of nervousness, you may be given a sedative to help you relax. This will likely not put you to sleep, but it may make you tired. Most people just become relaxed, and their anxiety subsides. General anesthetic is not needed for wisdom teeth. It does occur in some cases for those who get their wisdom teeth removed in a hospital, but this is very rare.
After the procedure, you will feel tenderness and pain. This is very common and should subside within a few days if taken care of properly. Pain medication, cold compresses, and staying away from solid foods will help. Most patients are back to their normal regular activities in no more than one week.
If you are concerned that your wisdom teeth may be coming in, contact Dr. Maz Ebrahimi at Maz Endodontics. Dr. Maz Ebrahimi and his team are focused on putting the patient first and ensuring you leave with your dental issues taken care of. He and his provide a wide variety of dentistry services, including wisdom teeth removal. They also understand the worry that may come with dental procedures and are ready to walk you through any dental care services you may need. Contact his office today for a consultation!