Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Your wisdom teeth are likely to be the very last to come in around the age of 18. Unfortunately, the vast majority of patients do not have enough room for the wisdom teeth to come in fully on their own. When wisdom teeth aren’t able to come in, they become impacted and can be very painful and uncomfortable. Over time, impacted wisdom teeth can even damage surrounding teeth or cause severe shifting of the teeth.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
If left untreated, your wisdom teeth can eventually cause a variety of oral health issues. We recommend having your wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later, as this helps to prevent surgical complications. Some of the problems that wisdom teeth can cause include:
- Pain and overall mouth tenderness
- Inflamed, bleeding gums
- Infections and abscesses
- Shifting of other teeth, causing overcrowding
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Headaches, migraines and earaches with no other explanation
Who is a good candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Dr. Ferdkoff can help to examine your teeth to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Oftentimes, we’ll need to take a full x-ray to spot the wisdom teeth and identify their position underneath the gums. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, we recommend having the procedure done as soon as possible. This helps to prevent future problems from developing as a result of your impacted wisdom teeth.
What happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The first step is to administer sedative or anesthetic of your choosing. We will discuss all of the sedatives we offer during your consultation appointment for oral surgery. Dr. Ferdkoff will then make a small incision through the gums and remove the underlying wisdom tooth. The gums are sutured (stitched) and the process is repeated to remove all of the remaining wisdom teeth. You will be given aftercare instructions to help the mouth to heal from the procedure. You can expect some pain and swelling following oral surgery, but this should subside in a few days.
If you suspect that you need to have wisdom teeth removed and want to learn more about our office’s extended hours, we can answer any of your questions for you before scheduling an appointment.