Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are the third molars. They are the last teeth to erupt and usually appear in the late teens and early 20s. Unfortunately, they can become impacted, which means they are trapped in the jawbone, or they can cause damage to other teeth as they push their way into the mouth. This can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, or infection. If your wisdom teeth fail to erupt properly or are putting your other teeth at risk, we may recommend extraction.
Wisdom tooth extraction is commonly performed as an outpatient procedure. If they are impacted and not visible above the gum line, you might need a surgical extraction. If they are visible, you might be a candidate for a simple extraction instead. Once the teeth have been removed, the extraction sites can be closed with stitches or sutures, and you can bite down on gauze to help control any bleeding that occurs.
Proper aftercare is important. A clean mouth will heal more easily than one in which dental hygiene is neglected, so brush carefully after the procedure. Avoid the extraction sites so that you do not disrupt the healing tissues. Use cold compresses to manage swelling and discomfort. Do not use straws, drink carbonated beverages, or smoke while you are healing since these activities can dislodge the clot that is necessary for healing.
Call us today to find out more about dental extractions or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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