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Wisdom teeth, or those final sets of back molars, sometimes don’t have room to grow in like the rest of your teeth. If that’s the case, rather than causing pain, infection, or damage to surrounding teeth, the best treatment for wisdom teeth is to remove them. Removal of wisdom teeth is often the safest choice for a patient’s health. Unfortunately, many people think of wisdom teeth removal as a painful, uncomfortable experience. In fact, removal of wisdom teeth is now a standard procedure that can be carried out by an experienced dentist.
Smiles@Southcenter can handle these extractions with the right equipment, anesthesia, and experience to make the process painless and keep your mouth healthy and you comfortable. Please contact our office to schedule an exam and X-rays, which our dentists will use to determine if the wisdom teeth are growing in properly through your gums or need to be extracted.
If you have any questions about our practice or want to schedule an appointment, feel free to give us a call today at (206) 575-9150.
Why Wisdom Teeth are Removed
Sometimes called “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually come in during the late teens or early twenties. When they don’t have room to grow in normally, we refer to these teeth as “impacted.” When your wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted—unable to emerge from the gums—it can lead to chronic pain, bacterial infections, and even damage to your jawbone. This is why dentists often recommend that impacted wisdom teeth be removed.
Pericoronitis: Pericoronitis is a very painful infection that can affect a partially erupted wisdom tooth and the surrounding gums. If left untreated, this infection can spread into the face and jaw.
Angled wisdom teeth: When a wisdom tooth erupts through the gums at an angle because there isn’t enough space in the jaw, cleaning in between the wisdom tooth and neighboring molar becomes impossible with floss or a toothbrush. As a result, the area can become infected or even start to decay, in addition to causing irritation, and the angled molar can lead to chewing problems. In extreme cases, difficulty cleaning around wisdom teeth (angled or not) can result in periodontal disease.
Cysts: A cyst can develop around an impacted wisdom tooth. As it expands, the cyst destroys portions of the jawbone, sometimes leading to a pathological fracture of the jaw.
How the Removal Procedure Works
When it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth, your dentist will administer anesthesia to ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort. Then, your dentist will remove the tissue immediately surrounding each wisdom tooth until it is totally exposed. This may require making an incision in the gums. Finally, the tooth will be loosened using surgical instruments until it can be completely extracted. If necessary, the area from which the tooth was removed can be closed using stitches.
What to Expect After the Procedure
You will need to bite down on a gauze pad for about an hour after the procedure to keep pressure on the areas where your teeth were removed. Avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours following the procedure; after that, rinse with salt water several times a day for the next five days. Do not smoke, use a straw, or do anything else that might risk loosening the blood clots in the extraction sites. You should be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare, and call your dentist’s office immediately if there are any complications.
Helpful After-Surgery Care Information
It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a wisdom tooth is removed, but if you have any of the following symptoms, call our office for an immediate follow-up visit in case of an infection.
- Heavy or increased bleeding
- Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond two or three days
- A bad taste or odor in your mouth
- An allergic reaction to medications
For normal care, follow the instructions and take the medication prescribed by our office during your extraction treatment. Because wisdom teeth generally require anesthesia to remove, it’s important to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and observe your recovery until the medication wears off. Slight bleeding may occur for up to two days, but avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours while clots are still forming in place of the teeth. After 24 hours, you may rinse with a glass of warm water mixed with ½ teaspoon of salt to prevent infection. Repeat this every three to four hours for five days.
Smiles@Southcenter is here to answer all your questions and make you feel confident and comfortable with your dental care, so please call us today or fill out our new patient form to get started.
Schedule Your Teeth Extraction Appointment
Let us detect oral issues early and limit the potential damage to your smile, schedule an appointment today! Call Smiles@Southcenter at (206) 575-9150.