Wisdom Teeth Removal
Did you know that about 85% of wisdom teeth are removed?
This includes impacted wisdom teeth, which are even harder to remove.
This is why our team at Covington Family Dental advises that you remove damaged or impacted wisdom teeth in time to avoid complications.
Failing to do so might cause discomfort, making it challenging to use your teeth.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that grow at the back of your mouth.
Wisdom teeth erupt in your early twenties or earlier, in your late teen years. They are located at the back-most corners of your mouth and are often used for chewing and grinding food.
Like other teeth in your mouth, wisdom teeth grow symmetrically, with two on the lower jaw and two on the upper jaw. Most of our patients wonder why we get wisdom teeth if they end up being removed anyway.
Wisdom teeth, strategically located at the back of the mouth, were crucial to early humans as they relied on them for grinding raw plant tissues.
As the human species continued to evolve, there was less dependence on wisdom teeth. Today, humans have smaller jaws, and no longer consume raw plants, making wisdom teeth unessential.
While you can keep wisdom teeth if they are not posing any risk to your oral health, extracting them is crucial if they are impacted or damaged.
What Are Signs You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Several signs show you need wisdom teeth removal. Knowing some of these signs will tell when you should make a tooth extraction appointment with us. Constant pain in your mouth is a sign you may need your wisdom teeth removed.
If you feel pain at the back of your mouth, you will need an extraction procedure.
Wisdom teeth extraction or pain is often a sign that they are starting to erupt, and you should find a solution as soon as possible. While wisdom teeth pain is often persistent, it can come and go sporadically.
An extraction procedure can help fix this problem at once.
Bleeding gums is another common sign that you need your wisdom teeth removed. This often happens when you brush the back of your mouth.
The gums around that area will start bleeding due to inflammation. If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with us to determine the extent of damage.
Inflamed gums can be a result of problematic wisdom teeth.
When the wisdom teeth start erupting from the gum line, they can make gums tender and swollen. You will notice various changes, like your gums appearing reddish and slightly swollen in some parts of your mouth.
This can make it challenging to brush your teeth as the gums can easily peel off. Our team will help reverse this situation by performing a wisdom teeth removal procedure.
If you ignore your wisdom teeth for a long time, you will notice cysts forming in some parts of your mouth.
Note that cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can damage and negatively impact your jaw and mouth.
Such cases are often a result of impacted wisdom teeth and can affect your oral health. We will perform an extraction procedure to get rid of the impacted wisdom teeth.
When wisdom teeth start growing roots and sprouting into the upper jaw, you will feel pressure on your sinuses.
Consequently, it can cause headaches, sinus pain, congestion, and uncomfortable pressure. In some cases, you might experience aggressive migraines that make it unbearable to do any physical activity.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
When you schedule a wisdom teeth removal appointment with us, we will perform the procedure in five steps.
Each of these steps takes an average of 30 minutes, depending on the number of wisdom teeth being removed. It is vital to note that the location of the wisdom teeth also influences the procedure's length.
Either way, we have an experienced team of professionals ready to perform the extraction procedure.
Anesthesia or sedation is the first step of the process. We apply a local anesthetic that makes the extraction site numb. Sedation is recommended for longer surgeries that involve several teeth extractions.
Making an incision is a mandatory step if your wisdom teeth haven't erupted yet. We perform an incision procedure to expose your wisdom tooth for extraction.
If the jawbone has trapped the teeth, we will carefully carve it out to allow smooth removal.
Next, we perform the wisdom tooth dissection that sorts wisdom teeth pain. This happens if the tooth is in a non-common position.
We will break it into smaller parts to remove it easily. Doing so will decrease the size of the hole in your gums.
After successfully dissecting your tooth, we will remove it. During this process, you might experience pressure as the tooth moves in the socket.
The last step before the start of wisdom teeth recovery is stitches. We will stitch the gum back into position to give it a natural look. Expect light bleeding during this process, which will be put under control.
Recovery After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth recovery after an extraction procedure is vital for your well-being. We recommend you take a day or two off work after undergoing this procedure.
Even though you can drive after wisdom teeth removal, you shouldn't do it for 24 hours if a sedative is used.
Generally, it takes only a few weeks for the wound to heal after wisdom teeth removal. If you are wondering what to eat after wisdom teeth removal, soups, yogurt, purees, and other soft foods are highly recommended.
You should be cautious about what to eat after tooth removal because hard and hot foods can cause bleeding.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have wisdom teeth that are causing any kind of discomfort, call 253.499.6155 today. Our experts at Covington Family Dental are ready to perform a wisdom tooth extraction procedure.