Safe, Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
It is believed that third molars are also called wisdom teeth because they appear as the patient matures and they erupt much later than the other teeth. For most people, problems with wisdom teeth come between the ages of 15-25. Even those who don’t have pain from their wisdom teeth may be at risk and should have their teeth examined at least once a year. If there is not enough room in the mouth for the third molars to come through the gums, it may lead to a cyst formation, possible crowding, infection or damage to the surrounding teeth.
Because the body heals faster when it is younger, we encourage patients to have their impacted wisdom teeth removed early. As you age, the healing process is less predictable, and complication rates for the wisdom teeth removal procedure are higher.
What Are Wisdom Teeth and Why Are They Removed?
Wisdom teeth develop in the early twenties or late teens and are a third set of molars. When they are properly aligned and healthy, they can be an asset to the mouth but more often than not, they require removal. Some are positioned horizontally or angled inward or outward, which can crowd the jawbone, nerves and adjacent teeth. Others simply don’t fit in your mouth, as the jaw rarely has room for a third set of molars.
Some wisdom teeth only break through part of the gums and are referred to as impacted. Through this small hole in the gums, bacteria can get to the tooth and cause swelling, pain and jaw stiffness from infection. Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed, because they can also lead to:
- Tooth decay in the partially erupted tooth
- Damage to the surrounding bone or nearby teeth
- Food or debris trapped behind the tooth
- Orthodontic treatment complications
- Development of a cyst by the tooth
A wisdom tooth extraction ensures that the mouth can align properly, and you can avoid serious dental and oral health problems in the future, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
The Process of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
We recognize that many patients fear the process of removing their wisdom teeth, and we do all we can to ease anxiety in a comfortable, calm environment. We offer several sedation options to ensure that you are relaxed as your third molars are removed.
As most patients prefer not to know the exact details of the process, the following steps are what you should be aware of:
- Before the procedure, you take medication to minimize swelling and pain.
- If sedation is necessary, the compassionate, caring staff will oﬀer IV sedation while you’re comfortably seated in the surgical suite.
- Once your teeth are removed, you may require stitches that dissolve on their own in two to five days.
- You must be accompanied by a driver who is at least 18 years old. The driver must wait in our facility during the operation. If you’re still recovering from sedation after surgery, your post-op instructions will be reviewed with your driver, and an instructional packet will be sent home with you to review later.
Our accredited status with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care shows that we have hospital-quality surgeons and facilities to ensure that you get the best care and comfort throughout the entire process.
After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Once your teeth are out, you can begin the path to healing. Use the following guidelines to ease back into normal life:
- Stay elevated.
- Don’t drink out of a straw, blow, swish or spit.
- Change gauze every 30-40 minutes, but realize it will never come out completely clean.
- Ice, ice, ice.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid solid foods and introduce food slowly back into the diet.
- Limit activity.
Every patient is given a detailed list of post-operation instructions. If followed closely, the body recovers quickly.
How To Avoid Problems with Your Wisdom Teeth
One of the biggest confidence boosters is having a great smile, but you have to make sure you take excellent care of all your teeth, not just the ones you reveal when you smile. Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is committed to giving you a great smile and great oral health in general. Problems with your third molar teeth, also known as your wisdom teeth, can dim the brightness of your smile a bit, so allow us to educate you on some of the problems you may have with your back set of teeth to keep you grinning from ear to ear.
Those who have what’s known as periodontal disease may experience infected wisdom teeth, which might require third molar removal. Reasons for infection include:
Any of these can become lodged in the teeth so that they can’t be removed through brushing. What’s more is your teeth might be crowding, which can also make your teeth more difficult to fully clean.
It’s possible that a cyst could develop due to an impacted third molar. One of the biggest problems with a dentigerous cyst is the fact that you may not know you have one until it’s started damaging your teeth. Besides removing the third molar, the issue could require a root canal as well as bone grafting.
It’s always best to take care of molar infections as soon as you learn about them. Refusing extraction can eventually lead to the infection worsening and what’s known as a pathologic fracture in your jaw, which may require much more than a simple extraction.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More
Interested in learning more about Wisdom Teeth Removal or third molars? Or maybe you’re asking, “Just what are third molars?” In either case, know that Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is here for you and your oral health.
Because you will be undergoing anesthesia during the wisdom tooth extraction, you will need someone to take you home. You will be given local, sedation and/or general anesthesia during the procedure so you can enjoy a comfortable, pain-less procedure.
At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery®, we are happy to answer any questions you have about your wisdom teeth and identify potential or present problems. Call our wisdom tooth extraction clinics today or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with a skilled, qualified surgeon.