Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars and the last to develop. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, they typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25.
How Can Wisdom Teeth Affect My Oral Health?
Not all wisdom teeth break through the gums and align neatly inside the mouth, due to space considerations. When there is no room for a tooth, the tooth is said to be "impacted". In addition to becoming impacted due to lack of space, wisdom teeth can become infected or cause damage to other teeth. Again, oral surgery is the solution.
If you have concerns over your wisdom teeth or can feel, and even see, that your wisdom teeth have erupted through your gums, contact our office to set up your tooth extraction appointment. Tooth extraction helps with several conditions including:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Un-restorable teeth
What to Expect with Wisdom Teeth Removal and General Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth removal procedures typically involve several appointments. First, we perform an examination and take x-rays to get a detailed picture of your oral health. From there, the extraction procedure is scheduled. However, if you are in pain due to a dental emergency, a general tooth extraction can be performed right away.
Depending on the number of teeth to be extracted and the complexity of the procedure, downtime is typically limited to less than three days. For simple procedures, you'll feel fine the next day. For more extensive procedures and oral surgery involved in wisdom teeth removal, you may need to take two or three days to recover. We will send you home with care instructions and recommend eating soft foods and liquids due to soreness.
Removing wisdom teeth before the root is fully developed is often easier because the bone is softer and the roots are not attached to the nerve yet. Thus, we may recommend an evaluation to teens and young adults before the wisdom teeth erupt.
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