The removal of wisdom teeth is a very normal dental procedure for teenagers and even adults. Wisdom teeth are molars found at the very back of your mouth: upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left. These molars can cause patients many problems, such as gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain, if not taken care of properly.
Why wisdom teeth should be removed
It might be quite challenging to clean your wisdom teeth because they are located far back in the mouth. This increases the risks of build up of plaque, bacteria and food debris in these areas. All these might lead to swelling, pain or decay not only to the wisdom teeth, but also the adjacent ones. Here are some other reason that might for wisdom teeth removal.
- Recurring infection in the gums that surround your wisdom teeth
- Wisdom teeth have the tendency to push and crowd your other teeth
- When wisdom teeth come in they can impact other teeth by pushing them out of alignment, or growing into them. This too can cause infections, leading to poor dental health.
If possible we recommend to having your wisdom teeth removed before they come in to help prevent future problems. If your tooth somehow does become infected and it wasn’t removed, it will more than likely lead to wisdom teeth extraction.
Removing wisdom teeth is a process that is always unique, we will take x-rays of your wisdom teeth, then take the time to go over your specific wisdom teeth needs with you. If extracting your wisdom teeth is necessary then we will schedule a time that is convenient for you to get them removed.
After your dentist has accessed your wisdom tooth situation, he or she will spend their time educating you about all the steps involved with the extraction of your teeth. For some people, only the use of a local anesthetic is necessary during the tooth extraction procedure. In addition to a local anesthetic, your family dentist, can use dental sedation to make you more comfortable throughout the procedure. This is the preferred and recommended way to have your teeth removed. In addition to increased comfort, sedation dentistry will reduce inflammation, make the extraction process pain free and in many cases allow you to not remember the dental procedure at all.
Once the wisdom teeth have been removed we will instruct you on how to appropriately care for the extraction sites throughout the healing process. If you have questions about wisdom teeth removal, please contact us today at 505-369-0074 or schedule an appointment below