Patients will begin to notice their wisdom teeth coming in after the age of about 18. These third molars are typically spotted first on a dental x-ray. If your wisdom teeth won’t have enough room to come in on their own, they should be removed. Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful, uncomfortable and even cause dental problems over time.
WHY WOULD WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL BE NEEDED?
If you fail to treat impacted wisdom teeth, they will eventually develop problems. These issues might involve pain, discomfort, swelling or even infection of the underlying molars. Over time, the wisdom teeth might even cause crowding and damage to surrounding teeth. It’s not uncommon for patients to have persistent headaches and earaches in relation to their wisdom teeth.
WHO MIGHT BE A CANDIDATE FOR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL?
While these third molars are hidden underneath the gums, we can typically spot them on special x-rays. These x-rays enable us to see where they’re located and their exact position. If you’ve been told in the past that you should have the wisdom teeth removed, it is often best to come in for surgery. The sooner you remove wisdom teeth, the better off you’ll be and the less likely you’ll experience serious complications.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Wisdom tooth removal will start with sedation of your choice so that surgery is as comfortable as possible. We then make an incision through your gums and remove the underlying third molar. Sutures can be placed to close up the gums and promote more even healing. The process is then repeated for all other wisdom teeth within the mouth. You can expect the areas of incision to swell and be uncomfortable for about two to three days. We will provide you with post-operative instructions to help when it comes to healing the mouth after surgery and preventing complications from occurring.
If you want to schedule an appointment to have your wisdom teeth removed, call us today to talk with one of our trained staff members.