What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Your wisdom teeth are the very last to come in, and they often won’t begin to show up until around the age of 18. When these third molars are unable to come through the gums, they become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful, uncomfortable and they may even damage surrounding teeth. Removing wisdom teeth that pose a problem to your oral health is the best way to prevent future problems.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can become severely painful and infected. This infection can have a negative impact on the surrounding teeth. It’s not uncommon for patients who have impacted wisdom teeth to notice shifting and overcrowding of other teeth. This occurs as the wisdom teeth push against the neighboring teeth.
When can you tell if you need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
There are a few signs and symptoms to look for when it comes to your wisdom teeth and when they need to be removed. Oftentimes, a dentist will tell you if and when wisdom teeth need to come out, but it’s not uncommon for patients to forgo surgery until problems begin to occur. These include:
- Whole-mouth pain and tenderness
- Swelling and gum inflammation
- Earaches and headaches
- Crowding of other teeth
- Pain to surrounding teeth
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The procedure begins with a consultation that will include x-rays and an exam. We use these x-rays to determine the positioning of the wisdom teeth and the best way to go about removing them. We then have you come in for the actual surgery. We administer anesthetic or sedative of your choosing. We then create an incision through the gums and remove the wisdom tooth underneath. Sutures are placed to ensure the gums are able to heal fully. We then send you home with aftercare instructions so that you can care for the surgical sites.
If you would like to come in for a consultation regarding wisdom tooth removal, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.