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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Complications from impacted wisdom teeth are a common reason why these molars are extracted. The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars and they often emerge long after the rest of the teeth have grown in place. As a result, there’s usually not enough room in the jaw to accommodate these teeth, resulting in overcrowding, which can increase your risk of infection. With an infection comes swelling and debilitating pain. Additionally, if the teeth are stuck in the jaw or don’t fully emerge, there is an increased risk of infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. Pericoronitis is a common infection related to partially erupted wisdom teeth. Extracting the wisdom teeth can provide relief from pain and prevent other serious dental complications.
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Causes for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Even if wisdom teeth are not causing pain, they are often removed to prevent overcrowding and damage to the surrounding teeth. When wisdom teeth erupt, they can grow at a variety of angles which can cause intense pain. These teeth can also contribute to sinus problems and long-term jaw alignment issues. Dentists often recommend removing the teeth before they fully emerge, and encourage removal at a younger age, before the bone and roots are fully formed.

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Help With Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Some patients with impacted wisdom teeth may not even notice any problems, such as pain, tenderness, or swelling, while others may be in constant pain. A dentist’s goal is to remove the wisdom teeth before they have a chance to cause serious complications.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

With an oral exam and X-rays, Dr. Curry can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if they are currently causing problems or can cause problems in the future. Some studies have shown that early wisdom teeth treatment can result in a better outcome for the patient. 

This type of office-based surgery is performed using the appropriate anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. 

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Initial Evaluation

When you visit our office, we will begin by completing an oral evaluation and taking X-rays of your teeth. A treatment plan will be created based on the position of the teeth, personal preferences, and the type of anesthesia used. At this appointment, it’s a good time to ask your dentist questions and address any concerns you may have. We will also provide the pre-operative instructions, so you can prepare for the procedure. 

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Options

Wisdom teeth removal will not always be the best option. In some cases, the roots of the wisdom teeth can get tangled with the nerves that supply feeling to the tongue, chin, and lips. When this happens a coronectomy may need to be performed instead of the standard extraction surgery. This procedure allows for wisdom tooth removal without removing the roots of the teeth. 

This is accomplished by removing the crown of each tooth, leaving the roots intact. This procedure can be a safer option when the standard wisdom tooth removal procedure can cause nerve damage.

How Treatment Works – What to Expect

If a wisdom tooth has already erupted through the gums, the extraction process will be similar to other tooth extraction procedures. If the wisdom teeth are still below the gum line, surgical extraction will be necessary. 

This procedure will begin with the administration of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used will have been chosen during your initial consultation. Once the anesthesia begins to take effect, you’ll be completely comfortable throughout the entire procedure. 

Depending on the developmental stage, size, and location of each tooth, they may be broken into smaller pieces before removal or they will be removed whole. 

Post-Treatment Care

At Stuart Curry Dentistry, we care about you achieving your oral health goals. After the procedure, you must follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Following the instructions will minimize the risk of complications and promote healing. If you experience any pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to call us for assistance. 

Make an Appointment to Learn How Wisdom Teeth Extraction Can Help You

At Stuart Curry Dentistry, our mission is to help you look and feel your best by providing the type of gentle, safe, and compassionate dental care you need. At our office, your comfort is our top priority. If you are currently experiencing pain and discomfort caused by wisdom teeth, you can contact our office at (205) 972-3831 or book an appointment online. Our goal is to provide the dental care you need while making your experience with us a positive one. 

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Common Questions Our Patients Have About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

How Painful is Wisdom Teeth Removal?

During the procedure, you should not feel any pain since the area will be numb. If you do feel pain during the procedure, you must notify your dentist right away. 

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Removing Wisdom Teeth?

It can take up to two weeks to recover from wisdom teeth extractions. During this time, there may be swelling present in the cheeks, gums, and mouth. Swelling will be worse for the first two to three days following the procedure but will improve after seventy-two hours. 

Can I Drink Water After Getting My Wisdom Teeth Out?

Yes. However, you must avoid hot, carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages for the first twenty-four hours following surgery. You must also avoid using a straw for the first week after surgery since the sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot from the extraction site, resulting in a dry socket, a very painful condition that will require immediate medical attention. 

How Should I Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Before wisdom teeth extraction, you must avoid eating and drinking after midnight, the day before the procedure. You must also make sure you tell your dentist which medications you take, and avoid smoking for twelve hours prior to the procedure. 

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