If you are researching wisdom tooth extraction procedures, the internet may be the first place you go. But it is incredibly easy to fall prey to sites that provide false information. So what do you do to find the right information amongst all of the wrong information? We do encourage patients to research and understand their upcoming procedure, but we also emphasize the importance of understanding the facts of the information you found. Having extensive experience with removing wisdom teeth in our practice, we want to review the common myths about wisdom teeth removals.
Fact or Fiction?
- If I can’t feel my wisdom teeth, then they are not a problem, and there is no need to have them removed.
This is most definitely fiction! It is true that not all people will need their wisdom teeth removed, but that determination is made with your general dentist and oral surgeon. Sure, you may not feel your wisdom teeth, but that doesn’t mean that they are not a problem. A quick x-ray can help to determine how your wisdom teeth are positioned under your gums and whether they will damage, misalign, or put your healthy teeth at risk for infection. Wisdom teeth erupt during later adolescence or early adulthood, around 17-25, and we encourage you to seek professional advice from your general dentist. If your wisdom teeth pose any threat to your oral health, then it is likely that your oral surgeon will recommend removal, even if you are asymptomatic.
- An oral surgeon isn’t the only one who can remove my wisdom teeth.
Not every dental professional is qualified to perform the wisdom teeth removal. But oral and maxillofacial surgeons spend at least four years in a hands-on, hospital-based residency program for their specialty training in addition to earning their dental degree. They also have the opportunity to train alongside medical anesthesiologists to learn how to safely administer anesthesia to patients and monitor them throughout the procedure. While some dentists advertise wisdom teeth removal, they are not as qualified as oral and maxillofacial surgeons. An oral surgeon is the most qualified healthcare provider to perform wisdom teeth extractions and to ensure safe treatment.
- A soft food diet is necessary immediately following wisdom teeth removal.
This is fact. Right after your wisdom teeth are extracted, you may experience minimal bleeding and residual pain around the empty tooth socket. To keep from irritating the surgical areas, and preventing bacterial growth within the tooth socket, it is best to avoid eating hard or chewy foods. Don’t worry, though; you get to enjoy foods like smoothies, milkshakes, and yogurt immediately following surgery! A general rule of thumb is anything soft that you can swallow without chewing is the perfect meal right after your procedure. If you have any questions about certain foods, just talk to your oral surgeon!
At Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, it is our top priority to inform all of our patients fully about their treatment. We also want to provide the proper online resources so that they understand their upcoming wisdom teeth procedure. If you have any questions about wisdom teeth extractions, please read through our website or call our office.