What Is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The wisdom teeth are often the last teeth to begin developing in the mouth. It’s not uncommon for patients to experience problems with these teeth simply because they’re so far back in the mouth that it’s difficult for them to come up fully through the gums. If left untreated, wisdom teeth can become impacted and may not be able to come through the gum line. This can cause issues with infections, inflammation and damage to surrounding teeth.
Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Needed?
The sooner that problem wisdom teeth are removed, the easier for our patients. As wisdom teeth continue to develop, they become larger and can be more of an issue to remove fully. You’ll know if your wisdom teeth need to be removed for a few reasons, which include:
- You’re experiencing pain and tenderness at the back of your mouth
- You wake up with headaches or have headaches throughout the day
- Your gums feel swollen and you’re lethargic
- Your teeth are beginning to shift
- You’ve been told in the past that your wisdom teeth should be removed
Who’s a Good Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Regardless of age, if your wisdom teeth aren’t able to come in fully and are giving you problems, it’s important to have them removed. Removing your wisdom teeth prevents an array of problems from developing down the road. You can save yourself a lot of trouble, pain and expense by simply having these third molars removed and allowing your gums to heal from the procedure. Removing your wisdom teeth isn’t as difficult as you might think and can be done safely in our office.
What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We first consult with you and take images of your teeth to determine where the wisdom teeth are positioned and the best way to remove them. We’ll go over sedation options and listen to your concerns. The surgery is then scheduled and we’ll administer the sedation or anesthetic of your choosing. For impacted wisdom teeth, we’ll create a small incision through the gums to carefully remove the tooth underneath. Sutures may be necessary to close the gums and promote easier and quicker healing. The procedure is finished once all of the wisdom teeth are removed and you’ll be sent home with aftercare instructions.
If you think you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call our office and we can help to get you in for a consultation appointment.