Only a very few people never have to face the possibility of having their wisdom teeth removed. For the majority of young adults, this procedure is routine, because there simply isn’t enough room in the mouth to accommodate this last set of molars. However, wisdom teeth removal is now easier and more comfortable than ever with sedation dentistry.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is an approach to dentistry that allows you to be completely relaxed and comfortable during any dental procedure. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation dentistry means you will be awake and aware throughout your procedure, but will experience no discomfort. Sedation dentistry also avoids the sometimes serious side effects associated with general anesthesia, making it considerably safer.
In most cases, removal of the wisdom teeth can be accomplished using sedation dentistry rather than general anesthesia. If your teeth are impacted, however, meaning that they have not emerged through the gums, general anesthesia might be a better option. Consult with your oral surgeon to decide what approach is best for you.
Do I Have to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If you have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, then removal is not always necessary. Most people, though, find that there simply isn’t sufficient space. Wisdom teeth often become impacted. Impacted teeth are uncomfortable and can become infected. Even if they do not become infected, they push on the adjacent teeth, shifting them out of position and causing additional discomfort.
If wisdom teeth become impacted or infected, then it is important to have them removed. If they are pushing your other teeth out of position, it is also important to have them removed so that your bite is not compromised. When your wisdom teeth begin to emerge, consult with your oral surgeon to decide if they must be removed or if a “wait and see” approach is appropriate.
To find out how sedation dentistry can help make your experience with wisdom teeth removal comfortable, please contact Wisdom Teeth Specialists of Utah, serving Salt Lake City, at 801-943-8703 to schedule your consultation.