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Wisdom Teeth

Not every family member’s teeth develop at the same rate, but wisdom teeth, also called third molars, usually appear in your late teens. Hard to clean and not really needed for chewing, these teeth may eventually crowd your other teeth or become impacted. Come and visit us regularly so we can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth and recommend removing them if necessary before any serious problems develop.

Why remove Wisdom Teeth?

Risk of infection – When a wisdom tooth begins to erupt through the gum, it can create an opening for bacteria to enter. This way cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.
Crowding other teeth – If a wisdom tooth is doesn’t grow in straight and is poorly aligned or if there is just not room in the jaw for it to grow in, it can crowd and damage adjacent teeth.
Cysts – If a tooth becomes impacted, a fluid-filled sac or tumor can form, destroying nearby bone or tooth roots.

Removing Wisdom teeth – what to expect

We can remove wisdom teeth here in the office. In some instances, if we see potential problems or the teeth are severely impacted, we may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon; this is a dentist who specializes in surgery of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth under general anesthesia.
Before surgery
We will go over what to expect on the day of your appointment. You should dress comfortably and arrange for someone to come with you or pick you up.
Simple wisdom tooth extractions are usually performed with local anesthesia, so you will be awake though your mouth will be completely numbed. We will discuss what kinds of anesthesia and pain or anxiety medications that will make your dental visit most comfortable.
We will ask you about past illnesses and current prescription and over-the-counter medications that may affect the procedure.
After surgery
As the anesthetic wears off, normal feeling usually comes back after a few hours, though it may take a couple of days for feeling to completely return. If numbness is present for more than a few days, contact us for follow-up care.
You may experience some swelling and discomfort. This is normal. Cold compresses may help reduce any facial swelling. Your dentist will also prescribe medicine to relieve pain and inflammation. You may need to drink only clear liquids after the surgery, and then soft foods for the next few days.
“Dry socket” sometimes occurs when the blood clot over the tooth breaks down too early in the healing process. If you experience pain that gets worse instead of better over the first few days, or notice a bad taste or smell in your mouth, contact us immediately for a follow-up appointment.
We look forward to giving you the best dental experience you’ve ever had. Call Tidewater Dental Group today at 757-424-1976.