You’re sitting at home, minding your own business, and just catching up on your favorite TV show. Suddenly you get a sharp pain in your jaw that you’ve never experienced before. You try to ignore it, but it’s no use, after 10 minutes you decide that you need to whip out the trusty mirror and see what’s going on in there.
You see swelling behind your molars, and you aren’t sure what could be causing it. What do you do next? After calling your trusted oral surgeons in Denver, you come to the conclusion that your wisdom teeth are the source of the pain. While getting your wisdom teeth removed may be worrisome for many, we want you to rest assured that you’re in the most capable hands for the job, and it really isn’t all that bad!
Why do they need to be removed in the first place?
There are a number of reasons why wisdom teeth need to be removed, and the pain you are experiencing is one of them. For the most part though, the most basic reason that you wisdom teeth need to be removed comes down to space. Around the age of 18, our glorious wisdom teeth come in giving us a grand total of 32 pearly whites. The average mouth however only has space for 28 teeth. You do the math… the average person has 4 extra teeth that are occupying primary real estate. If these extra teeth are poorly position, the result can be impacted teeth that can cause a multitude of problems. Not only does bacteria have more room to grow, but impacted teeth can result in pain, swelling and even illness.
So what are the next steps?
- First and foremost, you need to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Miner or Dr. Weideman to determine the amount of space you have for your wisdom teeth. They will use x-rays to evaluate positioning of the teeth, and potential impacted teeth, and how much space they have to work with.
- Once we determine it is time to get your wisdom teeth removed, we’ll perform an outpatient surgery using IV sedation to increase your comfort and make your experience more pleasurable. All potential risks, along with the surgery itself will be explained prior to going under. Once your teeth are removed, your gums will be sutured and gauze will be placed by your teeth to control any bleeding that may occur.
- You will rest in our office in a supervised area until you are ready and approved to go home. We recommend having a friend or family member pick you up. We will provide a take home kit with postoperative instructions, prescriptions for pain meds, antibiotics and a follow up appointment for suture removal 1 week later. Should you experience any complications, please call us and we would be happy to assist you. With a bit of rest and pain medication, you’ll feel like yourself in no time at all!
Schedule Your Oral Exam Today
To make an appointment at our office, please give us a call at 303-791-3232 and we’d be happy to pencil you in! Should you have any questions regarding oral surgery at our office, let us know and we will do our best to answer them. We hope to see you soon!