What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If your wisdom teeth are impacted and do not have enough room to fully come through the gums, we’ll often recommend having them removed. Your wisdom teeth typically begin to develop when you’re around 18 years old. If you fail to remove them when they’re impacted, they will eventually get larger and can cause problems with surrounding teeth. Wisdom tooth removal is easy, quick and incredibly effective at preserving optimal oral health.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
If you fail to remove your wisdom teeth when they’re impacted, they can become an issue for your oral and dental health. In extreme cases, impacted wisdom teeth can damage surrounding teeth and cause root fractures. It’s not uncommon for impacted wisdom teeth to cause recurrent headaches and earaches without any probable cause otherwise. It’s important to have these teeth extracted before they become larger and more problematic.
What are the signs you may need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom tooth pain and discomfort will normally come and go with time. You may experience bouts of tenderness and soreness with periods of little to no discomfort. Some signs to look for that signal your wisdom teeth should be removed include:
- Pain and tenderness that isn’t specific to one tooth
- Sharp pain to surrounding teeth
- Infections and abscesses
- Persistent bad breath
- Shifting of surrounding teeth
- Headaches, migraines and unexplained earaches
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We first consult with you and take x-rays of the wisdom teeth. This allows us to get an idea of where they are placed and the best way to remove them. We will discuss sedative options during your consultation. The actual surgery involves making a small incision through the gums and removing the underlying wisdom tooth. Sutures are placed through the gums to promote even, quick healing. You will then be taken to our recover room to fully wake up from sedation. It’s important to have someone bring you home from your appointment and for you to follow all aftercare instructions.
If you think you might need your wisdom teeth removed, call us today and we can get you in for a convenient appointment.