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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal, also known as third molar extraction, is a common surgical procedure performed to remove the third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth. These teeth typically emerge during the late teenage years or early adulthood. However, they often cause problems due to insufficient space in the mouth, improper alignment, or their tendency to become impacted (trapped beneath the gum line).

The primary purpose of wisdom teeth removal is to address potential complications and prevent oral health issues. By removing these problematic teeth, we can alleviate pain, reduce the risk of infection and inflammation, and prevent damage to adjacent teeth and surrounding structures.

Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

By removing wisdom teeth, we can avoid the following potential concerns:

  • Impaction: Wisdom teeth often don’t have enough space to fully erupt properly in the mouth. When they become trapped or partially emerge through the gumline, they are considered impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection, and other dental problems.
  • Crowding: Wisdom teeth can exert pressure on adjacent teeth as they try to erupt, leading to crowding or shifting of the surrounding teeth. This can result in misalignment or orthodontic issues.
  • Infection or Gum Disease: Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, which can make them difficult to clean properly. This makes them more susceptible to infection, gum disease (periodontal disease), and cavities. Infections can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.
  • Cysts or Tumors: In some cases, cysts or tumors may develop around impacted wisdom teeth. These growths can cause damage to the surrounding bone and tissue and may require surgical removal.
  • Decay or Damage: Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, which can make them difficult to clean thoroughly. This can result in a higher risk of tooth decay and damage to neighboring teeth.
An oral surgery patient receives a Wisdom Tooth Imaging

The procedure begins with a thorough evaluation of your oral health, including X-rays, to determine the position and condition of your wisdom teeth. If removal is recommended, we will discuss the specifics of the procedure, addressing any concerns you may have.

During the actual extraction, our skilled oral surgeon will administer local or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the process. Incisions may be made in the gum tissue to access the impacted wisdom teeth. The teeth are then carefully removed, sometimes in sections, and the incisions are sutured closed. You will be closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.

A patient manages pain after wisdom tooth removal

Following the extraction, a period of recovery is necessary. You may experience some swelling, discomfort, and possible mild bleeding for a few days. Our team will provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care, including pain management techniques, proper oral hygiene practices, and dietary restrictions. It is important to follow these instructions closely to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications.

The recovery period typically lasts about a week, although individual healing times may vary. During this time, it is important to rest, avoid strenuous activities, and maintain good oral hygiene as directed. If any concerns arise, such as excessive bleeding, severe pain, or signs of infection, it is crucial to contact our office promptly.

Wisdom teeth removal is an effective and proactive measure to maintain your oral health and prevent future problems. By addressing the potential complications associated with wisdom teeth, we aim to provide you with lasting relief and preserve the integrity of your smile.

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Our compassionate staff will address any concerns you may have, explain the procedure in more detail, and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Call 919-567-3293 or complete the form below.

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