Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth are often the very last teeth to come in. They often start showing up on dental x-rays when a person is about 14 years old. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to not have enough room for these wisdom teeth to come in fully. It is recommended that they be removed if they do not have enough room to come up completely through the gums.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
If you ignore your wisdom teeth, they may eventually become a problem to your oral health. They can cause issues with infection, inflammation and may even damage the surrounding teeth. It is better to have wisdom teeth removed as soon it’s found that they won’t come up on their own. Removing wisdom teeth is easier than you might think, and it can save you a lot of headaches later on in life.
How can you tell when you need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
There are several ways to tell if you may need your wisdom teeth removed. Even without symptoms, you may benefit from having them removed because they could pose a problem to your oral health. Some of the signs to look for include:
- Pain and tenderness at the back of the mouth
- Pain to surrounding teeth
- Infection and inflammation of the gums
- Bleeding and bad breath
- Shifting of surrounding teeth
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We begin by administering either a local anesthetic or IV sedation according to your needs and preference. We then work to create small incisions through the gums to gain access to the wisdom teeth. They are removed and sutures are immediately placed to close the gums. You’ll need to have a relative or friend bring you home from surgery as you may be unable to drive due to the sedative that you’ve been given. Your gums may be tender and sore for about one to two weeks, and they will begin to heal over time.
If you think you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you.