Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last four teeth to erupt, and some of the most likely to cause issues within your mouth. If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, the only solution to fixing them is through removal. At Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, we can perform these necessary extractions in a safe environment, using the latest dental tools and technology, relieving your pain and ensuring the health of your mouth.
What Problems Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause?
Some people never experience issues with their wisdom teeth, and they come in just like any other tooth. However, for a great number of people, wisdom teeth cause painful problems. Wisdom teeth that are impacted either have not emerged fully or are growing at an unusual angle. These teeth can lead to a variety of issues:
Diagnosing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Pain is a major indicator that something is wrong. If you experience pain in the back of your mouth, which is aggravated by eating, there’s a good chance that your wisdom teeth are impacted. We can properly diagnose the issue. Along with a thorough visual exam of your mouth, we will also take x-ray images, which will allow us to see exactly what is happening under the gum line. Should we discover impacted wisdom teeth, we will then move on to removal.
Tooth Removal Process
Before removing your wisdom teeth, you are first given a local anesthetic. If necessary, we can also provide you with sedation. Once the anesthetic has gone to work, we will start the removal process. This can be done in one of two ways.
The first method of removal is a simple extraction. If your tooth partially emerges, we can grip it with a set of forceps and wiggle the tooth back and forth to widen the socket. When wide enough, we simply lift the tooth out.
More often than not, wisdom teeth require a surgical extraction. We start by making incisions in your gums, exposing the impacted tooth and jawbone. We remove any necessary bone and then move to remove the tooth. In some cases, we may need to break the tooth and remove it in pieces. The area is then cleaned, and your gums stitched closed.
No matter which extraction method we use, you will be provided with a set of at-home care instructions. These instructions will tell you what to expect and how to deal with things such as pain and swelling. For the most part, healing goes without issue. However, if you do experience pain or other signs of infection, it is important to call the office immediately.
Extracting impacted wisdom teeth is important, not just for your comfort, but for your oral health as well. If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, contact Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists today.