<b>What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?</b>
The wisdom teeth are the very last to develop in the mouth. Unfortunately, most patients simply do not have enough room for these teeth to come in fully. This causes the wisdom teeth to become impacted or only have the ability to partially erupt through the gum line. In this case, they should be removed to prevent infection and damage to surrounding teeth.
<b>Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?</b>
If you ignore impacted wisdom teeth they can and eventually will cause problems. This can be as minor as soreness and pain to something as major as damage to surrounding teeth. Likewise, impacted wisdom teeth can eventually become infected, causing issues with abscesses and bone loss. It is best to remove wisdom teeth as soon as possible or when they begin to experience problems.
<b>How can you tell if you’ll need Wisdom Teeth Removal?</b>
When wisdom teeth are impacted or only able to partially erupt, you’ll find that you begin to experience problems. Each patient will experience varying degrees of pain and discomfort, but it’s always best to have the issue checked to determine if the wisdom teeth should be removed. Some of the more common symptoms you’ll experience with wisdom teeth include:
• Soreness and tenderness at the back of the mouth
• Sharp pain to surrounding teeth
• Infection, inflammation and gum bleeding
• Persistent bad breath
• Shifting of surrounding teeth
<b>What happens during the Wisdom Teeth Removal process?</b>
We will consult with you and take x-rays to determine when and if the wisdom teeth should be removed. We then schedule you to come in for the actual procedure. In most cases, we’ll suggest general sedation to make the surgery more comfortable for you. This is especially true if you have impacted wisdom teeth or are removing all of your wisdom teeth at the same time. We then create small incisions through the gums and remove the wisdom teeth. The gums are sutured and you’ll be sent home with important aftercare instructions.
If you think you might need your wisdom teeth removed and want to come in for a consultation, call us today and we can help in getting you in for an appointment.