Wisdom teeth removal involves your All Smiles Dentistry provider extracting one (or several) wisdom teeth from the back of your mouth.
Your wisdom teeth break through the gum line between the ages of 17-24. Because they come in after all of your other teeth, they’re more likely to become impacted. If a tooth becomes impacted, it doesn’t have enough room to emerge. That makes it difficult to clean and increases the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include:
If an impacted tooth becomes infected, you might also have difficulty opening and closing your mouth.
To determine if you can benefit from wisdom teeth removal, the team at All Smiles Dentistry conducts an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays. They use your X-rays to assess the alignment and health of your wisdom teeth. If one or more of your teeth are impacted or at risk of decay, the team moves forward with the removal.
Wisdom teeth removal typically takes less than an hour.
Before moving forward with surgery, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider accesses the wisdom teeth at the back of your mouth and carefully loosens them. Then, they carefully extract each tooth with a pair of dental forceps.
Once the procedure is complete, your All Smiles Dentistry provider stitches up the incisions and packs the sockets with clean gauze. Then, they write you a prescription for pain medication and provide at-home care instructions.
Following wisdom teeth removal, it’s normal to experience some swelling, increased tooth sensitivity, and minor pain. Take your medication as prescribed, eat only soft foods, and follow your provider’s at-home care instructions. It takes several weeks to completely heal. Be patient and if you experience any complications, contact the team at All Smiles Dentistry right away.
To learn more about wisdom teeth removal, make an appointment at All Smiles Dentistry by calling the office today or scheduling online.