Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are typically the last teeth to come in. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these molars to become impacted underneath the gums and unable to erupt fully. This is often caused by inadequate room within the mouth that is exacerbated by orthodontic treatment. In order to prevent future problems involving these impacted teeth, they can and should be removed.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
If you fail to remove impacted wisdom teeth, you may eventually experience pain, discomfort, swelling and even infections involving these third molars. In severe cases, the wisdom teeth push against the second molars, causing them to break or fracture. By removing the wisdom teeth as early on as possible, you’re preventing many future problems and saving your beautiful smile.
Who is a candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
With the help of an examination, we can determine if you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. We will take x-rays to identify the location of the molars and whether or not they are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may not even cause you any trouble, but they can begin to experience issues later on in life. The earlier and sooner that you remove these teeth, the better off your oral health will be.
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We provide you with general or local anesthetic according to your needs. We then work by creating an incision through the gums. This allows us to locate the wisdom tooth and remove it using special tools and dental equipment. We then immediately place sutures to close the gums and repeat the process for any other wisdom teeth. You can expect to experience some pain and swelling for the first few days following the surgery. The best way to avoid complications is to not smoke, not drink through a straw and to keep the area as clean as possible using the antimicrobial rinse provided to you after surgery.
If you would like to come into the office for a consultation regarding your wisdom teeth, call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.