Wisdom Teeth Extractions
What are Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
Wisdom teeth typically begin to develop in early adulthood, and unless there is enough room in the mouth for them to fully come in, they can become problematic. Wisdom teeth that are impacted may be painful, uncomfortable, and cause infections and damage to surrounding teeth. If wisdom teeth are allowed to only partially erupt through the gums, inflammation and infection can develop around the open gum. Wisdom teeth extractions can easily be done in-office and are less invasive than you might think.
Why are Wisdom Teeth Extractions needed?
Because of the size of wisdom teeth, and because most patients don’t have enough room for them to fully come in, we recommend having them removed as soon as they begin to develop. Impacted wisdom teeth can easily be seen on an x-ray, allowing us to determine where they’re located and if they are causing any surrounding damage. You may need to have wisdom teeth extracted if they’re beginning to erupt through the gums, but do not have enough room to fully come through.
What makes you a good candidate for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
Depending on how many wisdom teeth are going to be removed, as well as whether they’re erupted or impacted, you can undergo local or general anesthetic of your choice. The procedure is easy and quick, and removing the wisdom teeth can prevent a variety of oral-related problems in the future. To determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, it’s important to come in for an exam and consultation.
What can you expect with Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
The first step to removing your wisdom teeth is coming in for an exam, consultation, and a series of x-rays. The x-rays allow us to see where the wisdom teeth are located, and determine the best way to remove them. You’ll then be scheduled to come back in and have the teeth removed. For multiple extractions, we may recommend general anesthesia so that the procedure is more comfortable for you. For single, simple extractions, local anesthetic is all that is needed to remove the wisdom tooth. You’ll be given important aftercare instructions that are necessary to ensure post-operative healing, and will need to have someone with you to bring you home.
If you think you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, or want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and we’ll work to schedule an appointment for you.