Millions of people around the world have their wisdom teeth removed every year. At Battle Ground Dental in Battle Ground, Washington, Jeffrey Kockritz, DDS, and Spencer Woodbury, DDS, can restore your smile with a wisdom teeth extraction. There are many reasons removing your wisdom teeth can improve your oral health. To learn more, call the team at Battle Ground Dental or schedule an appointment online now.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that emerge in the back of the mouth. You have two in your upper arch and two in your lower jaw. Unlike the rest of your teeth, they develop between ages 17-25. Unfortunately, because your jaw is fully developed by the time your wisdom teeth emerge, they may not have enough room to grow.
As a result, wisdom teeth can become impacted, partially trapped beneath the gum line, or even grow in sideways. Wisdom teeth that do fully emerge are hard to clean, leaving them vulnerable to decay.
Removing wisdom teeth is often necessary to prevent future oral health complications, such as:
Over time, wisdom teeth can put pressure on surrounding teeth. This leads to toothaches, jaw pain, swelling, and even headaches. A prompt dental exam and removal can reduce these symptoms and improve your oral health.
Before your surgery, the team performs a dental exam and takes X-rays to plan your procedure. On the day of your extraction, they administer anesthesia to keep you comfortable during surgery.
Next, the team makes a small incision in your gums and uses small instruments to remove the tooth and any surrounding bone. Some wisdom teeth are fractured or broken. The team may need to remove it in pieces to ensure they don’t leave any debris behind. After cleaning and disinfecting the area, the team sutures the incision and packs your mouth with gauze.
Because removing wisdom teeth requires anesthesia, make sure you arrange a ride home after the procedure. It’s important to change your gauze pads regularly once you arrive home. This ensures a blood clot forms to protect the site of your incision.
Over the next few days, avoid sucking through a straw or spitting forcefully to keep the blood clot in place. Stick to soft foods and liquids while your gum tissue heals. If you experience swelling or pain, over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatories can relieve your discomfort.
To find out more about wisdom teeth removals, call Battle Ground Dental or book an appointment online now.