Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth typically develop between the later teen years and early adulthood. While these four teeth in the back of the mouth may not erupt for everyone, they serve no purpose for those who have them. These teeth often force themselves into compact areas. Consequently, they can cause various issues. It is recommended that you have these teeth extracted to avoid potential problems, even if there are no obvious complications. This procedure is available here at Fulks Family Dental.

Why do I need this procedure?

Wisdom teeth can cause chaos in both the jawline and teeth as these molars attempt to protrude through the gums. One issue is that these teeth become impacted since they’re so far back in the mouth. They can get trapped in your gums or jawbone, which leads to pain, discomfort, cysts, or damage to surrounding teeth and bones. Another prevalent problem is that the placement of these teeth makes reaching while brushing or flossing difficult. This can result in the onset of cavities or gum disease. They can also cause your teeth to move, affecting your smile and any orthodontic work you’ve completed.

How do I know it’s time for an extraction?

For some people, wisdom teeth make their presence known by causing pain and soreness, especially if an infection surfaces. Regardless of whether there is pain or not, an X-ray will assess how the teeth are emerging. If an issue is foreseeable by your dentist, it will be suggested that you schedule an appointment to extract the teeth.

What should I expect?

We normally use sedation dentistry to help patients stay asleep during this procedure. You may be asked to avoid drinking or eating hours before the procedure as well. Once you’re sedated, the procedure will begin and an instrument will be used to loosen the tissue surrounding the teeth. The teeth are then removed with intricacy and the area is sewn up with sutures. After the procedure, swelling, bleeding and grogginess are likely to occur. Nausea and vomiting can also be side effects of sedation.

What is the recovery process?

The recovery process of the procedure varies by person. It is encouraged that you give yourself time to heal and avoid unnecessary activity. Pain medication will be prescribed to subdue any pain or discomfort, which typically is at its peak a day or two after the removal. Antibiotics may also be given to prevent an infection from occurring. Our team will give you a follow-up call after your procedure to make sure you are doing well, and you will have a follow-up visit with your dentist. With the experience of the team at Fulks Family Dental, you can be rest assured that the process will be as efficient and comfortable for you and your family as possible!

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