What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars. They are the last adult teeth to erupt, typically in the late teen years. Many individuals are referred to an oral surgeon in order to have the wisdom teeth extracted, for a variety of reasons, including the wisdom teeth being impacted. At Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates, one of our specialists, Dr. Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD, DICOI, Dr. Gustavo Hernandez, DMD, or Dr. Sirintra Gatan, DMD, will expertly handle the extraction of your wisdom teeth.
There are usually four wisdom teeth, which grow at the back of the mouth, one on each side of the upper and lower jaw. However, as all of the adult teeth are in place by then, when the wisdom teeth begin to emerge there may not be enough space. This may cause them to grow at an angle or become stuck under the gum line, which means they are impacted.
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates. If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems or pain, especially if they are impacted, schedule an appointment with us to come in for an assessment.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
There are several reasons that extraction may be recommended as the best treatment direction for your wisdom teeth. Advanced decay in one or more wisdom teeth can become a concern, particularly because the location of the wisdom teeth puts them at an increased risk of cavities. It can prove difficult to maintain a good brushing and flossing routine for the teeth at the very back of your mouth. Once the decay has set into the teeth, it is better to extract the teeth to avoid further infection and discomfort.
Wisdom teeth are often extracted due to overcrowding. Some patients lack adequate space in their mouth for each of their adult teeth. This can result in concerns with alignment, and damage as the teeth begin to shift and jostle for space that is not available. Extractions are recommended quite often if there are plans for orthodontic treatment.
Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that have not fully erupted from the gums. They are at an increased risk of decay, which is what makes them a good choice for extraction.
If your wisdom teeth are not causing any problems, it is not necessary to have them removed. However, you should always get an opinion from a dentist. Most people do not even notice their wisdom teeth unless they do cause issues such as inflammation, pain, or bleeding. Very occasionally, they may also damage other teeth. Research shows that a “natural drift” occurs whether your wisdom teeth have erupted, or not.
If the wisdom teeth partially break through the gum line, it may create a flap which is a hospitable environment for bacteria to multiply. You will need to pay extra attention during your brushing routine to get rid of trapped food particles so that your risk of gum disease and tooth decay is minimized. If this does become a problem, then one of our dentists may recommend wisdom tooth removal.
What is the Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth are removed by our dentists, or sometimes by oral surgeons. Our dentists will ensure your comfort for the duration of the procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, and once that has taken effect, the dentist will begin exerting a little pressure on the tooth by moving it backward and forwards. This widens the tooth socket, making it easy to extract with an instrument that is similar to forceps.
In some circumstances, when the tooth is impacted or the tooth is too big to pull out at once, the gums will be slit to aid removal. Once removed, the incision in the gum line is stitched, usually with dissolvable sutures, which should melt away over a period of about one to two weeks.
If you are a nervous or anxious patient, conscious sedation is an option rather than a local anesthetic, so please speak to us about this as we want to ensure you are as comfortable as possible before, during, and after your wisdom tooth removal.
Does The Procedure Hurt?
You will feel no discomfort during the procedure, due to the anesthesia that will be used. Postoperative discomfort is possible. If you follow the care instructions provided to you, you should be able to control any discomfort with ease. Take any prescribed medications as directed and be sure to call the office if you experience extended bleeding, fever, or severe pain.
Recovery and Healing Time
You may be prescribed antibiotics after your wisdom tooth extraction, particularly if you have an ongoing infection. The dentist will give you further advice about what to expect and do after the removal of your wisdom teeth, but some of the things you should avoid include smoking, drinking alcohol, drinking hot liquids, and participating in strenuous exercise.
Expect recovery to take up to two weeks, during which time you may experience swelling around the mouth and face, bruising, stiffness in the jaw, bleeding from the teeth sockets, or pain.
Caring For Your Mouth After Extractions
There are several things that you can do following an extraction, to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. The care instructions you are provided with should cover most of the important aspects you will need to be aware of for your recovery.
Avoid using straws for several days, as this could potentially dislodge the blood clot that forms in the socket. This can lead to a very painful condition known as dry socket. Eat foods that are soft to chew and be sure that you are staying well hydrated. Be sure that you attend any follow up appointments that we recommend, in order to ensure that healing is on track.
Schedule to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed in Henderson, NV Today!
Wisdom teeth can be painful, especially if they are impacted. Schedule your appointment for the removal of your wisdom teeth with Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates in Henderson, NV by calling us at 702-473-5100 today!