If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth and you think that it’s due to your wisdom teeth, you may have questions. Is wisdom tooth removal an emergency? In this blog from Lakeside Dental, we’ll answer this question and a few other common FAQs about wisdom tooth removal in Lenoir City. Let’s get into the details!
The answer is “sometimes!” In many cases, wisdom tooth removal is medically necessary, but is not an emergency that requires same-day or next-day care. Most of the time, you can get your wisdom teeth removed on your schedule, and it’s okay to wait a few days or even longer.
Primarily, this depends on the extent of your pain and other symptoms. If you’re experiencing lots of pain or Dr. Joseph Blalock notices severe oral health problems caused by your wisdom teeth, you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed right away.
The best indicator is your level of pain and discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you’re noticing pain, soreness, jaw stiffness, and discomfort near the rear of your mouth around your wisdom teeth, there’s a good chance that there’s something wrong with your wisdom teeth.
For example, the area around your wisdom teeth may have become infected, or your wisdom teeth may be emerging improperly In both of these cases, emergency wisdom tooth removal may be necessary to protect your oral health.
No! Lots of people are able to keep their wisdom teeth with no problems at all. It all depends on your unique facial anatomy, and whether or not your wisdom teeth emerge properly. If you have lots of space in your mouth and your wisdom teeth erupt in the right position, there’s no need to remove them. You can keep your third set of molars with no issues.
But if you don’t have enough space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, they can cause lots of complications, and you may need to have them removed. Everyone’s situation is different, so feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blalock at Lakeside Dental to learn more. As a conservative dentist in Lenoir City, Dr. Blalock will only recommend wisdom tooth extraction if he truly believes that it’s necessary to protect your oral health.
You’ll be able to get back to work or school within a day or two after your appointment at Lakeside Dental. The initial healing and recovery process takes about two weeks. You’ll need to follow some special instructions given to you by Dr. Blalock as you recover. Follow them closely, and you’ll be feeling better in no time!
If your wisdom teeth are bothering you and you suspect that you may need wisdom tooth extractions, Dr. Blalock and the team at Lakeside Dental are here to help. You can contact us online or give us a call at (865) 635-4999 to schedule a consultation with our team right away.