Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Why Are Wisdom Teeth A Problem?
Wisdom teeth are the four permanent adult molars in the back corners of the mouth. They can become painful and need to be removed surgically if they are impacted, press up against other teeth, or decay because they are difficult to reach with normal dental hygiene techniques. Some of the most common problems we see are:
- Erosion Cavities – When a wisdom tooth hits the molar next to it, it can erode that tooth and develop a cavity.
- Cysts – Fluid-filled cysts can form around the wisdom tooth, causing damage to the surrounding tissue, nerves, and teeth.
- Crowding– When there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to grow in, they may overcrowd your mouth. In some cases, they can even cause other teeth to shift and overlap.
- Infection – Bacteria around the tooth can be introduced to your bloodstream and have far-reaching effects of your overall health.
When You Should Call Us
If you notice any of these symptoms, you may need your wisdom teeth removed. These symptoms will typically be around or near your molars.
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Bad breath
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Smile Delight Dental Solutions to schedule an exam and to discuss your options.
What To Expect During And After Removal
During the procedure, you will have several options for sedation. Dr. Skorupko offers patients a variety of sedation options for wisdom tooth removal, including general anesthesia, or local anesthesia in combination with medication to help people feel more comfortable (twilight sedation). These options will help make the procedure more comfortable.
After the surgery, many patients report only a little pain or discomfort. This discomfort may last for a few days, but ice packs may be used to reduce swelling and inflammation. You will want to eat only soft foods and liquids for the first few days after the procedure.