Get Relief from the Pain of Impacted Teeth by Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth and when there is adequate room in the mouth, they will erupt in the late teens or early twenties (the so called “age of wisdom”).
When there is enough room for them to erupt properly and gum tissue is healthy around them, wisdom teeth may not have to be removed. Unfortunately, when the remaining permanent teeth are straight and in normal position, there is usually inadequate space, so this does not generally happen.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview
The extraction of wisdom teeth is indicated when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth due to inadequate space. They will typically grow in sideways, partially emerge through the gum and remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
This results in a flap of tissue that cannot stick to the enamel surface of the wisdom teeth. Food becomes trapped under the flap resulting in potential for infection. Extraction of the wisdom teeth allows bone to form in the extraction site which does allow gum attachment, creating a more hygienic situation.
Extraction of the wisdom teeth in the late teens or early twenties, before the roots of the teeth are fully developed, is easier on both the surgeon and the patient.
Some scientists feel that the pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. This is a debated point.
The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under general or intravenous sedation, although it can be performed under local anesthesia. These options as well as the surgical risks (i.e. sensory nerve damage, sinus complications) will be discussed with you during your consultation, before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured.
To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.
All of our oral surgery services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 407-628-5400 during business hours. After hours, you will be given the doctor’s cell phone numbers as well as written post op instructions for your convenience.