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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Remove problematic wisdom teeth safely and comfortably, preventing future dental issues.

Introduction to Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is a common surgical procedure to extract one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom. If a wisdom tooth doesn't have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection, or other dental problems, you'll likely need to have it removed. Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure performed by dentists or oral surgeons to alleviate these issues or prevent potential future dental problems.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Prevents Overcrowding: Helps prevent the shifting of surrounding teeth, maintaining the alignment and health of your smile.
  • Reduces Risk of Oral Disease: Removing wisdom teeth can decrease the risk of decay and gum disease in these hard-to-reach areas.
  • Alleviates Pain and Discomfort: Extracting impacted or problematic wisdom teeth can immediately relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Prevents Cyst Formation: Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the formation of cysts which can damage tooth roots and bone support.

When is Wisdom Teeth Removal Needed?

Wisdom teeth removal is recommended when there are indications of potential problems such as:

  • Impaction: Wisdom teeth fail to fully emerge through the gums.
  • Pain: Pain or swelling around the jaw caused by a flap of gum tissue that forms over an impacted wisdom tooth.
  • Infection: The opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow, causing an infection.
  • Cysts: Formation of cysts or benign growths can destroy bone or tooth roots.

What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Removal

The procedure for wisdom teeth removal typically involves:

  1. Pre-surgery Evaluation: X-rays and examinations to determine the position of the wisdom teeth and plan the best approach for removal.
  2. Anesthesia: Local, sedation, or general anesthesia will be administered depending on the complexity of the case and patient preference.
  3. Extraction: The surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone, remove bone that blocks access to the tooth root, divide the tooth into sections if it’s easier to remove in pieces, remove the tooth, and then clean the site of the removed tooth of any debris from the tooth or bone.
  4. Post-surgery Care: Gauze is placed over the extraction site to help control bleeding and promote clotting.

Recovery and Aftercare

Postoperative care is crucial for healing and includes:

  • Rest: Patients are advised to rest for the remainder of the day following surgery. Physical activity should be minimized to reduce bleeding.
  • Pain Management: Pain relief medications may be prescribed along with recommendations for at-home care such as cold compresses.
  • Diet: A soft or liquid diet is recommended immediately following surgery to prevent irritation of the extraction site.
  • Oral Hygiene: Gentle rinsing with salt water is typically recommended 24 hours after surgery to aid healing.

Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Consultation

If you or your family member are experiencing issues with wisdom teeth or would like to learn more about this procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our skilled dental team is prepared to provide you with professional care and comprehensive treatment to ensure a smooth and efficient recovery process.

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