Wisdom Teeth Removal At South Anchorage Dental Center
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. In many cases, they can cause problems such as pain, overcrowding, and alignment issues. Wisdom teeth removal is a standard dental procedure to address these issues and prevent potential complications.
Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Necessary
Wisdom teeth often lack sufficient space to emerge or develop properly and thoroughly. This can result in them becoming impacted, meaning they are trapped beneath the gum line or jawbone.
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to various problems, including:
- Infection: Impacted wisdom teeth can create pockets of bacteria, leading to gum infections or tooth decay.
- Crowding: If there isn't enough room for your wisdom teeth to come in, they can push against your other teeth and cause them to shift.
- Cysts or Tumors: Sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth can cause fluid-filled cysts or tumors that may harm the jawbone or nearby teeth.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
- Consultation: Your dentist will examine your mouth, including X-rays, to assess your wisdom teeth and discuss the need for removal while addressing any concerns.
- Anesthesia: Before the procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area around the wisdom teeth. General anesthesia may also be used for comfort.
- Extraction: The dentist may incise gum tissue and remove bone to extract wisdom teeth. The tooth may be divided into smaller pieces for easier removal.
- Closure: After the tooth is extracted, the site is thoroughly cleaned to remove debris and bacteria. The gum tissue is then sutured together using dissolvable stitches.
- Recovery: After surgery, follow recovery instructions carefully. These may include pain medication, ice packs, and soft foods to aid healing.
Aftercare and Recovery
- Take prescribed pain medications as directed to manage any discomfort.
- Apply ice packs to the outside of your face to reduce swelling.
- Eat soft foods and avoid chewing near the extraction site.
- Avoid smoking, using straws, or vigorous rinsing, as these can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to keep the extraction site clean.
- Attend follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor your healing progress.
Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Consultation Today!
Wisdom teeth removal is a standard dental procedure to prevent complications and maintain oral health. Consult your dentist if you're concerned. Contact South Anchorage Dental Center to schedule a consultation with our experienced professionals and take the first step towards a healthier smile!