What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth naturally begin to show up on dental x-rays when a patient is about 18 years old.
They continue to grow, trying to make their way up and through the gums. Unfortunately, many patients simply do not have enough room for their wisdom teeth to come in properly. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth become impacted and should be removed.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
If you fail to remove problematic wisdom teeth, they can become severely painful and even cause issues with infections and damage to surrounding teeth. Some of the different symptoms that you’ll find with wisdom teeth include:
Pain and tenderness
Sharp pain to surrounding teeth
Shifting of other teeth
Infections, gum swelling and bleeding
Persistent bad breath
Who is a good candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We will examine your teeth and take x-rays to identify any impacted wisdom teeth. Ideally, the sooner that you remove these teeth, the better off you’ll be and the fewer problems you’ll experience. If you have impacted or otherwise problematic wisdom teeth, we will suggest having them removed. The procedure can be done easily in our office whenever it’s needed.
What happens during the Wisdom Teeth Removal process?
We begin by administering either a local or general anesthetic.
From there, we work to create incisions through the gums and remove the underlying wisdom teeth. The gums are sutured so that they close and heal properly. It is important that you follow all aftercare instructions that we have provided to you. It is normal to have gum swelling and tenderness for about a week after the procedure is done. You will find that by removing these wisdom teeth, you can avoid any wisdom tooth-related problems that can become an issue to your oral health. The procedure is a lot less invasive and complicated than you might think, and it can be incredibly beneficial to the health of your smile.
If you think you might need your wisdom teeth removed, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you.