Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom. Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.
What is Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Wisdom tooth removal involves the complete extraction of one or more of your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically begin to develop underneath the gums in early adulthood. While unfortunate, the majority of patients who have wisdom teeth will need to get them removed because there simply isn’t enough space for them to fully come in. If left in, wisdom teeth can create issues with infection, inflammation and they can even begin to affect surrounding teeth.
Why might you need to have Wisdom Tooth Removal?
If there isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth to come in, it’s often recommended that you have them completely removed. You may choose to have all four of your wisdom teeth out at the same time or work on one at a time. Some of the reasons you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed include:
• They are causing you pain • They’re becoming inflamed • They are affecting surrounding teeth • There is not enough room for them to fully come through the gums • You want orthodontic treatment but your wisdom teeth are preventing optimal results
What makes you a candidate for Wisdom Tooth Removal?
As with most medical conditions, it is better to tackle wisdom tooth removal early on when they first begin to develop. The longer that you forgo extraction, the longer and more stabilized the roots of the wisdom teeth become. For this reason, you may be advised to keep your wisdom teeth in later on in life unless they begin to give you trouble. Most people who have wisdom teeth that aren’t able to properly come in will be advised to have them removed.
What can you expect with the Wisdom Tooth Removal procedure?
The specific type of extraction that is done depends on how impacted your wisdom teeth are. For partially erupted wisdom teeth, these can be extracted the same way as any other tooth in your mouth. For impacted wisdom teeth, an incision is necessary to get into the gums and remove the tooth. Before the surgery, we will discuss anesthetic options available to make your visit more comfortable. After surgery is complete, you will go home with important aftercare instructions that are essential for promoting optimal healing.
Contact Us Today
If you have questions about whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, please reach out to our team at Alpine Dentistry. We are here to help. Use our online form or give us a call at (719) 536-0599.