Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Wisdom teeth will normally begin to come through around the time a person is 17 to 25 years old. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for patients to not have enough room for these teeth to fully come in. This causes the wisdom teeth to become impacted or only able to partially erupt through the gum line. Over time, these impacted wisdom teeth can become painful, infected and even cause damage to your other teeth.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
If you do not remove your wisdom teeth, they can eventually cause a problem for you. Some patients find that their impacted wisdom teeth cause headaches, ear aches and even issues with dizziness and vertigo. Your impacted wisdom teeth can become incredibly painful and infected, causing the need for immediate removal. In severe cases, the wisdom teeth can push up against the surrounding teeth and cause damage and overcrowding.
Who is a good candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
To determine if you’ll need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we will perform an exam and take special x-rays. These x-rays allow us to see how and where the teeth are positioned underneath the gum line to create a personalized treatment plan just for you. Wisdom teeth removal can be done on patients of all ages. It’s never too soon or too late to remove these third molars.
What happens during the Wisdom Teeth Removal process?
The procedure begins with either anesthetic or sedation of your choice. We then work to create an incision through the gum line. The wisdom teeth are carefully removed and sutures put into place to close the gums. The process is repeated if any other teeth need to be removed. You will then bite down on gauze or cotton to stop any bleeding before leaving the office. If you’ve undergone sedation, it is important that you have someone there with you to bring you home. It is common to experience pain and swelling for the first few days following wisdom teeth surgery.
If you would like to come in for a consultation regarding your wisdom teeth, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.