Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth during young adulthood. When they align properly, they do not need to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. When wisdom teeth are prevented from properly erupting, their extraction is necessary. They can grow sideways, partially erupt from the gum, or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. They can take many different positions in the bone as they attempt to find a successful way to erupt.

These impacted teeth may cause many problems that can result in pain, infection, swelling, stiffness, and damage to adjacent teeth. The removal of the teeth usually resolves or prevents these issues, and early removal is recommended in order to avoid worsening or future problems.

 

Oral Examination

As with all of our procedures, a consultation is necessary in order to examine your teeth and ensure a treatment plan that best suits you. We will take an x-ray of your mouth at your consultation if your general dentist hasn’t already, and Dr. Hoffman will discuss the next steps of your treatment with you that guarantee a superior outcome.

Surgical Removal

You must not have anything to eat or drink 6 hours prior to your surgery. You must also have a responsible person accompany you to drive you home afterwards. Wisdom teeth removal is usually performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Hoffman will discuss the surgical risks associated with anesthesia prior to your surgery. After the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. You will be given gauze to bite down on in order to minimize and control bleeding. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. When you are discharged, you will be given post-operative instructions, and a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. The sutures are dissolvable, so you won’t need to make a follow-up appointment for their removal. However, if you have any questions, please call us at (281) 469-2873.