Wisdom Teeth Removal in Colorado Springs
Wisdom teeth most likely grown in during a person’s late teens or early twenties. When the wisdom teeth growing in become impacted, they may have to be removed. Luckily, Dr. Gary Moore, DDS has worked with countless patients to assure a thorough and reassuring effort to get their wisdom teeth removed.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of back molars that grow in. For some, their wisdom teeth will grow in easily causing little to no pain. However, for those who do not have the room, the wisdom teeth cause over crowding and the shifting of teeth. Because there isn’t a sufficient amount of room to grow, the teeth grow in different positions and cause a lot of pain. The wisdom teeth can push against the other set of molars, which can misalign the teeth your mouth. Wisdom teeth may come in horizontally or even pointing inwards or outward, and it can be very painful when the teeth settle in.
How Do I Know If My Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
If you notice that there are teeth growing in near the back of your mouth, come in for a check up with Dr. Gary Moore. He will set up X-Rays in order to make the correct diagnosis. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, Dr. Moore will be able to talk about your options and walk with you through every step of the procedure. Some other symptoms include pain or infection, swelling in that area, and partially emerged teeth. If that is the case, make sure to contact Dr. Moore right away.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
If the wisdom teeth are growing in comfortably with plenty of room, it won’t be necessary to have them removed. If they are impacted or trapped, however, they will need to be removed to avoid further pain or infection. During the procedure, depending on the situation, the patient will be sedated and receive a local anesthetic for the removal. After the surgery, Dr. Moore will provide you with after-care instructions and prescription for any medications.
Dr. Gary Moore makes it as effortless of a process as possible for his patients. If you have to have your wisdom teeth removed, you can expect it to be in a welcoming environment that is relaxing and makes you feel calm. Dr. Moore will also walk you through each step of the process, beginning with how you’ll need to have a sedation medication, up through everything you should experience during and after the procedure.
Many times, the wisdom tooth – the third molar at the very back of your mouth – does not grow in the right position or it simply does not have enough room to grow. This then causes problems that necessitate having them removed.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure that is as commonly feared as the dreaded root canal. If you think you need wisdom teeth removal, you need not be scared. Read on for the causes and risks of wisdom teeth removal, as well as how it is performed and what you should do afterwards.
Wisdom teeth removal symptoms
• The teeth are growing horizontally or at wrong angles.
• The teeth are impacted.
• The teeth partly emerge through the gums, creating passageways that are hard to clean and that then become breeding grounds for bacteria, causing infections and gum disease.
• The teeth are growing near the nerve of the lower jaw.
• You experience these changes in the areas surrounding your wisdom teeth:
recurring infection of the soft tissue
extensive tooth decay
damage to adjacent teeth
If you suspect that something is wrong with how your wisdom teeth are growing or if you experience any of the symptoms above, see your dentist. The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always apparent. A dentist or an oral surgeon will have the expertise to decide what best to do, depending on the state of your wisdom teeth and your own situation.
Risks associated with wisdom teeth removal
These are some of the effects of wisdom teeth removal that you may experience afterwards:
• Pain and swelling
• Bleeding that lasts more than 24 hours
• Numbness in your mouth and in your lips due to inflammation of nerves
• Slow-healing gums
• Dry socket – this occurs when the protective blood clot is loosened, leading to inflammation that becomes very painful
• Difficulty opening your mouth or jaw
• Damage to crowns, bridges, and other existing dental work
Rare side effects include:
• Jaw fracture – this occurs when the wisdom tooth is firmly attached to the bone
• Damage to the sinus cavity – this can occur when the wisdom tooth is removed from the upper jaw
• Numbness in the mouth that doesn’t go away
What to consider before wisdom teeth removal
• You don’t need to have wisdom teeth removal if your wisdom teeth are:
in the correct position
are biting properly with their opposite teeth
can be cleaned without difficulty as part of your daily oral hygiene practices
• It is better to extract wisdom teeth while they are still growing, before the roots are fully formed.
• The younger you are, the faster you will recover from surgery. This is why some people have their wisdom teeth pulled in early adulthood, before the teeth are firmly rooted in the jaw.
• If there is an infection, the extraction will be delayed until the infection has cleared up. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.
• If you have to be put under general anesthesia, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the surgery.
How wisdom teeth are removed
Once your wisdom teeth have been pronounced problematic, they will be extracted by a dentist or an oral surgeon. The procedure can be done in the dentist’s or surgeon’s office, but if you are at high risk for complications or if all your wisdom teeth will be extracted, the surgery will be done in a hospital.
You will be given a local anesthetic to make the extraction areas numb. If several wisdom teeth will be removed, a general anesthetic may be used.
To get a wisdom tooth out, the dentist (or surgeon) will slice the gum open to reveal the tooth inside and then remove any bone that may be covering the tooth. If necessary, the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to facilitate the extraction.
When the tooth is out, the gum will be stitched closed. Stitches may dissolve or may need to be removed at a later date by the dentist. Gauze will be placed over the extraction site to help stop the bleeding.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare
Recovery will take place over a few days. Your dentist or surgeon will prescribe medicine to help ease the pain and to prevent infection. A blood clot will form over and cover the extraction site. This clot is necessary for the site to heal quickly and smoothly. Follow these recovery period tips for faster healing, staying comfortable, and preventing an infection after wisdom teeth removal.
• Rest. Take it easy and lie down. Physical activity may lead to excessive bleeding so don’t exercise for the next couple of days and don’t do any heavy lifting.
• Bite down gently on the gauze pads and change them as they get soaked with blood. Call your dentist if there is excessive bleeding or if the extraction sites are still bleeding 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal.
• Refrain from poking at the extraction sites with your tongue or with your fingers.
• Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal. After this, rinse your mouth with warm salt water four times a day. Rinse after every meal and after every snack. When the swelling has gone, you can brush your teeth and tongue gently.
• Avoid smoking and sucking on straws. The sucking motion could loosen the blood clot over the extraction site, delaying the healing process, or even cause dry socket.
• Go on a soft food or liquid diet for the first couple of days after wisdom teeth removal. Stick to yogurt, mashed potatoes or cauliflower, milkshakes, soups, puddings, and applesauce. Avoid hot drinks and spicy food.
• After wisdom teeth removal, apply ice to the side of your face where the extraction site is for 15 minutes on and then 15 minutes off. Do this until bedtime. Keep your head elevated as you sleep.
• Applying arnica cream or taking arnica orally can help reduce the swelling.
Why Choose Dr. Gary Moore?
Dr. Gary Moore has had years of experience and extensive training in oral surgery. He performs hundreds of wisdom teeth removals every year. He wants you to have the most comfortable dental experience ever. If you think your wisdom teeth are growing in, call Dr. Gary Moore for a consultation today. Read more!