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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth can be a particularly painful and inconvenient dental problem. Unfortunately, it’s a dental problem that most people will have to deal with at some point in their lives. To prevent extreme pain, it’s important to catch wisdom teeth right when they start coming. Incoming wisdom teeth can create pain and swelling. Some patients may be tempted to put off having them removed out of fear, however acting quickly will help you experience less pain overall. Learning more about wisdom teeth extraction and understand the process may help you feel more at ease and ready to have it done.
Wisdom teeth typically make an appearance between the ages of 17 and 21. Wisdom teeth are are the third set of molars that humans have. When wisdom teeth start to come in, they can create several problems. Wisdom teeth most commonly grow in incorrectly and the teeth become misaligned, affecting the teeth next to them. Misaligned teeth and poor formation can cause major dental problems. Tooth pain happens when when wisdom teeth forge an opening in the gum where bacteria can get trapped. Removing the wisdom teeth will help the gum heal and prevent damaging the other teeth. 
The first place to start before having your wisdom teeth removed is to find an experienced dentist that you are comfortable with. Choosing a dentist you trust will help you feel more confident in the procedure and better able to relax. Anxiety and fear of the dentist is very common, so finding a dental provider that you makes you comfortable is key. Some dental providers specialize in treating patients with severe anxiety, and may be able to provide you with techniques or medication to calm you down. Some dental clinics are able to provide sedation. Find a dentist who will guide you slowly and carefully through the procedure, and who is willing to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Knowing exactly what will be happening during the procedure might help you set aside some of your fears. The dentist should be able to let you know the steps he will take and how long the procedure will be. 
The process of wisdom teeth extraction will depend on the position of the teeth. Some patients have fully erupted teeth which have completely grown in. These teeth are easier to remove When the wisdom teeth are deep in the roots, connected to the jaw bone, the dentist has to cut through the gum and jawbone to remove the tooth. This may sound intense, however the dentist will provide anesthesia so you will not be able to feel anything during the surgery. Again, depending on the position of the teeth, recovery time will vary. Pulling a tooth that has fully grown in will be faster and easier than having the impacted teeth surgically removed. Your dentist will provide pain medication to help you with pain management following the procedure. 
Patients should expect swelling in the area where the teeth were removed. Swelling can be reduced through the use of cold compresses applied for 15 minutes to the area. Complete healing can range fro weeks to months depending on how the teeth were extracted and the severity of the procedure. You should be able to continue eating normally with minimal discomfort after about a week following the procedure.