Wisdom teeth remain impacted or only come through the gums partially, causing issues with infection and inflammation.
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth in the mouth to develop, typically beginning to show in the late teens to early adulthood. Unfortunately, most patients do not have enough room in their mouths for these large molars to come up through the gums. This can cause severe issues with infection, impaction, inflammation and even result in damage to surrounding teeth. Removal of these teeth is recommended if it is found that they are impacted or aren’t coming in properly.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
Most often, we recommend wisdom tooth removal to most patients because these molars normally do not serve any purpose in the mouth. Because they are so deep in the mouth, it is difficult to keep them clean even when they’re able to come in properly. For most patients, the wisdom teeth remain impacted or only come through the gums partially, causing issues with infection and inflammation.
What makes you a good candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Most patients who need to have their wisdom teeth removed are good candidates for the procedure. For teens and young adults, we may recommend removing all four wisdom teeth at the same time to prevent any of them from becoming an issue. As you get older and the wisdom teeth continue to grow, we may only remove them on an as-needed basis. You’ll come in for a consult with Dr. Melissa Schuldt before the procedure is done.
What can be expected during Wisdom Teeth Removal?
You will receive anesthetic or sedation of your choosing before the wisdom teeth are removed. Dr. Melissa Schuldt will then carefully remove any wisdom teeth that are above the gums using simple, yet specialized instruments. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, small incisions are required to get to the teeth and remove them. If general anesthetic is used for the procedure, you’ll need someone else to bring you home safely. Over the next few days, your mouth will begin to heal and you will be free of pain or discomfort that your wisdom teeth have caused.
If you think you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed or want to know more about the procedure, call our office today and we’ll be more than happy to help answer any questions.