Wisdom Teeth

Alpine Dentistry

Brian Buccellato, DDS

General Dentistry located in Colorado Springs, CO

While some people’s wisdom teeth come in with no issues, it’s possible that you won’t have enough room in your jaw for them to emerge, or they might not grow in incorrectly. When you have issues with your wisdom teeth, you can count on the team of compassionate and experienced dental experts at Alpine Dentistry in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for expert care and extractions. Call the practice or make an appointment online today.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars, and they typically emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. They’re called wisdom teeth because they erupt when you’re more mature and, presumably, wiser than when most of your adult teeth developed. Your wisdom teeth can cause dental problems if there isn’t enough room in your jaw or if they don’t come in correctly.

Why would I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

The most common reason for wisdom teeth removal is when there isn’t enough room in your jaw to accommodate them. Your dental team at Alpine Dentistry also removes wisdom teeth if they become impacted in your jaw. Other reasons for wisdom teeth extraction include:

  • Pain or infection
  • Damage to other teeth
  • Tooth decay or gum disease
  • Cysts or tumors
  • Orthodontic treatment

What happens during an extraction?

Your expert dentist at Alpine Dentistry begins extractions by thoroughly numbing your teeth and jaw with a local anesthetic. They also offer nitrous oxide to help you stay relaxed throughout the extraction. They provide IV sedation upon request and depending on your individual needs.

If possible, they use a simple extraction method to loosen your wisdom teeth and pull them from your jaw. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted, they’ll remove your wisdom teeth surgically. This involves small incisions in your jaw to access the impacted teeth.

How should I take care of my teeth after an extraction?

After your wisdom teeth are removed, your dental team provides customized advice on how to take care of yourself while you heal and recover. You need a friend or family member to drive you home as you’ll be recovering from the anesthetic. Your sockets will be packed with gauze, which you’ll need to leave in place for at least a half-hour, and potentially up to a day.

Your dental team may prescribe steroids to control any swelling, and painkillers if you needed a surgical extraction. However, in most cases, over-the-counter pain medication effectively minimizes any discomfort. You can also apply ice packs to reduce swelling.

Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water 24 hours after your extraction can help keep your sockets clean and moist while they heal. You should brush and floss, but take extra care around the extraction site.

If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth or a damaged tooth, call Alpine Dentistry or make an appointment online today.