Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is such a common procedure for teens and young adults, that many of us almost consider it a rite of passage. In some fairly rare cases when they come in straight, wisdom teeth – also often called third molars – can be allowed to remain in place. In most instances, however, dentists and patients here at Smile Boutique Beverly Hills prefer to remove the teeth to prevent numerous painful and potentially dangerous problems later on, or to correct issues that may already be emerging.
There’s no doubt, for example, that wisdom teeth that are impacted (trapped in gum tissue), which crowd other teeth or which are partially exposed, need to be removed as quickly as possible. If this doesn’t happen, future problems ranging from misaligned teeth to tumors, cysts, infection, tooth decay, and gum disease are very likely to emerge. Our team has removed wisdom teeth in numerous patients with consistently outstanding outcomes for their long term dental health.
What Happens When One or More Wisdom Teeth are Extracted?
Once wisdom teeth have appeared, or have been found via x-ray, the decision is usually made to remove the teeth. In order to lower the risk of complications, this procedure is most often performed on patients between the ages of roughly 15 and 25. That’s because the extraction is easier to perform when the roots of the teeth have not yet fully formed and the bone is not yet quite as strong.
In the large majority of cases, wisdom teeth extractions are conducted on an outpatient basis. In extremely simple cases, a local anesthetic may be sufficient. More often, however, some form of sedation or general anesthetic is used. In many cases, stitches will be necessary. Some types of stitches dissolve naturally, but sometimes they may need to be removed by your dentist.
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
There are some routine, temporary side-effects of oral surgery that should almost completely subside in the course of a about a week, though complete healing will take a matter of weeks. Patients may return to work or school the day following the procedure in most cases.
Specifically, swelling of the face and some post-operative bleeding are to be expected. Your dentist will give you detailed instructions on how to handle these symptoms with such measures as using gauze or tea bags to absorb and slow bleeding, and ice packs to reduce swelling. There may also be some discomfort following the procedure, which can usually be handled with the help of common over-the-counter pain medications. When needed, stronger pain medications may also be prescribed.
Got Wisdom Teeth?
If you suspect you or your child may have wisdom teeth that should be removed, our team of friendly and professional dental professionals at Smile Boutique Beverly Hills are here to do everything possible to maximize the oral health of our patients. Reach out to us by calling the phone number above, or you can get in touch by way of e-mail through our contact page. We look forward to providing you and your family with outstanding care.