Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 24. Unfortunately, most people do not have adequate space in their jaws for wisdom teeth to emerge fully and become fully functional. When these teeth attempt to emerge, they may only be able to partially break through the gums, causing pain and misalignment to the rest of the smile. For these patients, our team at Truxel Dental may recommend wisdom teeth removal to restore oral health.
The Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
After administering local anesthesia, the teeth are removed one at a time. Once the procedure is completed, gauze is placed over the extraction site to reduce bleeding and protect the area. Until the site heals, patients may experience slight swelling and discomfort. However, they will subside after a few days of rest and recovery. During this time, patients should avoid drinking from a straw or rinsing their mouth vigorously, as this can dislodge the clot that has formed in the socket and prevent proper healing. If necessary, food and water are permitted within a few hours of the procedure.
The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
When you don’t have room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to come in correctly, the neighboring teeth can shift out of alignment, causing crowding or gaps between your teeth. Crowding can also lead to more plaque accumulation on the teeth, increasing the risk of decay and periodontal disease. If this occurs, you might need to have the tooth pulled.
If the wisdom teeth erupt correctly, no issues should occur, and removal may not be required. However, as each patient is unique, you should have our dentist in Sacramento, CA examine your oral structures to determine if a wisdom tooth extraction is necessary or not.
Another reason for removing your wisdom teeth is if they become impacted or cause pain. If they only erupt partially and are causing discomfort or soreness, it is best to have them extracted to prevent the worsening of symptoms. Impacted teeth are commonly caused by a lack of space in the jaw. Removing them can help alleviate painful symptoms and allow the patient to function normally without issues.
If your wisdom teeth have erupted but are causing you pain or discomfort, it’s best to have them removed before the problem gets worse. Contact our dental team at Truxel Dental by calling (916) 333-2700 or visiting us at 3880 Truxel Rd Suite #600, Sacramento, CA 95834 to schedule an appointment.