Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth removal is essential when these third molars are causing a problem or pose a problem to your future oral health. These molars are often the very last to come in, and they will begin to appear on dental x-rays around the time a person reaches adulthood. Unfortunately, if you do not have enough room for the teeth to come in on their own, they will become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and even cause damage to other teeth, so they will need to be removed.
Why might Wisdom Teeth Removal be needed?
If you leave the wisdom teeth untreated, you may eventually begin to experience other oral problems. The surrounding teeth may begin to crack, break or become severely crowded. You might even have recurrent headaches and earaches without any other probable cause. In many cases, the impacted wisdom teeth become painful, swollen and infected.
Who is a candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If you think you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we can find out by taking dental x-rays and other special images. These images give us a clear view of where the wisdom teeth are located and the best way to go about removing them. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, it is a good idea to have it done sooner rather than later. This prevents any future problems from developing as a result of the impacted wisdom teeth.
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The wisdom tooth removal process begins with sedation to help relax you during treatment. We then make an incision through the gums and remove the underlying wisdom tooth. If the wisdom tooth is embedded into the jawbone, known as a bony impaction, we will need to slightly cut into the bone in order to retrieve it. The gums are then sutured and the process is repeated for any other wisdom teeth. You can expect some minor pain, tenderness and swelling for about a week following surgery and until the gums fully heal.
If you think you might benefit from wisdom teeth removal, call us today to speak with one of our trained staff members.