Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Your wisdom teeth will typically come in between the ages of about 17 and 25. Unfortunately, most people do not have enough room for these third molars to come in fully and properly. This can cause the wisdom teeth to become impacted, painful and tender. If the wisdom teeth are able to come through the gums, they may only partially erupt, which can lead to gum inflammation, bleeding and infection. It is often best to remove your wisdom teeth before they become a problem, but they can be taken out at virtually any time.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
The reason you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed is because they are impacted and causing problems. Over time, impacted wisdom teeth can become downright painful, causing severe headaches and even earaches without any other cause. In severe cases, the wisdom teeth can push against the surrounding teeth, causing damage and overcrowding. Regardless of your age, you should consider having these teeth removed to improve your quality of life and prevent future dental problems.
Who is a candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
To determine if you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we will perform an exam and take x-rays. These x-rays allow us to see where and how the wisdom teeth are located and the best way to go about removing them. If you do have impacted or problematic wisdom teeth, it is important to have them removed as soon as possible. This helps to prevent further dental problems from happening that could result in the need for more invasive treatment.
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The procedure begins with anesthetic or sedation that helps to numb and relax you during treatment. We make small incisions through the gums to gain access to the underlying tooth. In cases where the wisdom teeth are below the bone, we may need to drill slightly into the bone to get to the tooth. The wisdom tooth is removed and sutures placed to close the gums. This process is repeated for any and all wisdom teeth needing to be removed. You’ll go home with aftercare instructions to help the surgical sites heal.
If you think you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible for a consultation appointment.