Wisdom Teeth Removal Services
Millions of people experience wisdom teeth removal in the U.S., mostly in young adults. If you’re about to have yours extracted, you’ve probably got some questions — and maybe a little anxiety, too. But here’s the good part: At Smile Workshop Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, our team uses the most advanced techniques to ensure your extraction procedure is simple and successful, so you can feel confident about your results — and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Top 5 Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Impaction: Impaction is when a wisdom tooth gets “stuck” under the neighboring molar, preventing the wisdom tooth from fully emerging. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, and sometimes it remains completely under the gum, blocked by the molar that’s next to it. Impaction can cause a lot of discomfort, and if you don’t have the wisdom tooth removed, it can damage the neighboring molar, as well.
- Infection or decay: Wisdom teeth frequently become infected or decayed, especially if they’re impacted or they come in sideways. Once a wisdom tooth is infected or decayed, it’s a good idea to have it extracted to prevent the problem from getting worse.
- Overcrowding: Wisdom teeth typically emerge last, once all your other adult teeth have erupted. That means there’s not a lot of room left for them, and when they do emerge, they can cause crowding. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth can push another tooth out of alignment, or it might weaken the tooth roots of the neighboring molar.
- Bite problems: Impaction and overcrowding can also throw off your bite pattern, resulting in problems like chronic tooth grinding, jaw and facial pain, headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- Prevention: Because wisdom teeth are located so far back in your jaw, it can be very difficult to keep them clean and to care for the gums that surround them. That means wisdom teeth are far more prone to decay, diseases, and infection in the future. Removing your wisdom teeth now can help prevent those problems from occurring, and it may also help you avoid more complex oral surgery as you get older.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction: What to Expect
After your extraction, you’ll need to take it easy for a few days. You’ll be given complete instructions following your appointment, including tips on caring for the extraction site and what foods and drinks you should avoid during the early stages of healing. You’ll also be given a prescription for pain relievers to help you stay comfortable. Using ice packs and keeping your head elevated will help reduce swelling. And of course, if you have any questions or concerns, we’re Smile Workshop is just a phone call away.