Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The third molars, often called the wisdom teeth, will begin to develop around the time a person is about 18 years old. If these wisdom teeth are not able to come in properly on their own, they will become impacted underneath the gums. When this happens, you can develop pain, swelling and infections underneath the gum line. It is important to remove problematic wisdom teeth to improve your overall oral health.
Why would Wisdom Teeth Removal be needed?
The reason you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed is because they are impacted or only partially erupted. If left untreated, you may begin to experience pain, discomfort and swelling. Over time, the wisdom teeth can even cause your teeth to become damaged or overcrowded. It is best to have them removed as soon as possible to prevent these problems from happening.
Who is a candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
To determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we recommend coming in for a consultation and examination. We will take special 3D x-rays of your teeth and mouth to determine where the wisdom teeth are located and the best way to go about removing them. Wisdom teeth can be removed at any time and for a variety of reasons. If your wisdom teeth are shown to be problematic, it’s important to have them removed professionally.
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The surgery begins with anesthetic or sedative to improve your comfort during the procedure. We then make an incision through the gums and remove the underlying wisdom tooth. The gums are stitched closed with sutures and the process repeated for any other problematic wisdom teeth. You can expect some pain and swelling for the first few days following oral surgery. You can come back in after about a week so that we can check your mouth to ensure that it has healed properly and that the areas are free of post-surgical complications.
If you would like to learn more about wisdom teeth removal, call us today to speak with one of our helpful team members.