Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually come in around your late teens or early twenties. These are the last four teeth to come in, and while for some people they cause no discomfort, for many they can be the catalyst for many dental concerns. At Weekend Dentistry, we are highly skilled at extracting these bothersome wisdom teeth. We will keep you comfortable and protect your smile from unnecessary damage.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Some lucky patients are not bothered by their wisdom teeth, save for some minor discomfort as they emerge above the gumline. If your wisdom teeth are not coming in properly, however, we will recommend extraction to avoid issues like:
If there isn’t enough room in your mouth for your incoming wisdom teeth, they may only partially emerge and put you at heightened risk of developing a gum infection. The gum tissue around your tooth may become irritated and inflamed, and food particles may get lodged here and give rise to bacteria.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted or are growing in toward the adjacent teeth, cysts can form. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs which, left untreated, continue to grow and could eventually destroy bone mass and harm your otherwise healthy teeth.
If your wisdom teeth start to come in but there isn’t enough room in your mouth, or the wisdom teeth are impacted, you’re likely to experience crowding. As the wisdom teeth struggle to emerge, they’ll push toward your existing teeth and cause them to shift. This can result in unwanted and painful changes to your smile and your bite. Crowding can also contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and in severe cases bone loss in the jaw.
Assessing Your Wisdom Teeth
Our staff of experts at Weekend Dentistry are sometimes the first to notice your wisdom teeth are beginning to emerge during a routine dental visit. If you think your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, we encourage you to call our office at (210) 783-0944 to schedule an appointment.
S. Bin Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC will need to conduct a thorough exam and take x-rays to see the condition of your wisdom teeth, the adjacent teeth, and your jawbone.
What to Expect During Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction
We at Weekend Dentistry realize that some of our patients may experience anxiety over their wisdom teeth extraction. You’ll receive an anesthetic on the day of your extraction, and you may also elect to be sedated for the procedure. We want you to feel comfortable and confident about your extraction. Once you’ve been made comfortable, the wisdom tooth will be loosened and removed. The extraction is usually just that simple. There is a small possibility for complication. If the tooth is not fully emerged, we may have to use a more invasive procedure to remove the tooth from below the gums. This will all be discussed with you before the procedure.
Following your wisdom teeth extraction, some discomfort and swelling are to be expected, but it will subside in a few days.