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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

When wisdom teeth are impacted or crowded, it can result in various complications. To prevent these issues or to alleviate pain and infection, wisdom tooth removal can be performed proactively.

You may need a wisdom tooth extraction if:

  • There is inadequate space for the tooth to erupt
  • The wisdom tooth is pressing into neighboring teeth
  • You have an infection or decay associated with that tooth
  • You’re in pain or experiencing facial swelling
  • The wisdom teeth are causing crowding or tooth misalignment

Due to the limited space and partial eruption, wisdom teeth are difficult to clean, making them more susceptible to cavities and periodontal infections. These infections can then spread to the healthy teeth adjacent to the wisdom teeth. Instead of attempting to treat the infection and prevent it from recurring, the standard of care is to remove the wisdom teeth.

Planning Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The first step in planning a wisdom tooth extraction is to reserve an exam with dentist. We’ll take an X-ray to evaluate your wisdom tooth positioning, anatomy, and surrounding structures. If tooth removal is in your best interest, our dental experts will explain the process and plan the extraction.

Frequently Asked Questions ?

It is recommended to have soft foods available in the initial days after a dental procedure. As you start feeling better, you can gradually transition to more solid foods.

  • Following your wisdom tooth extraction, we will provide you with written instructions on how to take care of your mouth at home. It is important to carefully follow these instructions to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.
  • To promote healing, it is important to avoid smoking, using tobacco, drinking caffeine, or using a straw for at least a week after the procedure. Also, it is recommended to avoid hard, hot, or crunchy foods during the healing process. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible.

The duration of your surgery for wisdom tooth extraction may vary depending on the positioning of your teeth, especially if they are impacted, as well as the expertise of the surgeon.

Most of our patients experience a quick recovery and return to normal activities within a few days. However, some may require a week or more of rest before feeling fully back to normal.

Individual responses to pain after oral surgery can vary. While some individuals may only require over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, to manage discomfort, others may require prescription pain relievers or anti-inflammatories for a few days during the recovery period.

Schedule a consultation with our dentist for an evaluation of your wisdom teeth and to receive a personalized treatment plan. Please plan to have an early appointment and refrain from eating breakfast beforehand.

Wisdom teeth typically emerge between the ages of the mid-teens to late 20s, and they may continue to develop until the individual is around 30 years old.