Wisdom Teeth Extraction – Ormond Beach, FL
Don’t Let Wisdom Teeth Damage Your Smile
The wisdom teeth usually start to make themselves known in your mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. If they become trapped beneath your gums, or if they start to cause pain that only grows worse over time, you should get in touch with Dr. Nawrocki and Dr. Dennis as soon as possible to see if a wisdom teeth extraction is necessary. We can perform this procedure right here at Brown & Nawrocki, so you don’t have to worry about seeing an unfamiliar specialist to protect your smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment if someone in your family might need to have their wisdom teeth removed soon.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. They’re the last set of teeth to erupt in your mouth, but since all of the other teeth are already in place by that point, there often just isn’t enough room for them. The result is impaction, meaning the wisdom teeth end up trapped underneath the gums or in the jawbone. The longer they stay trapped, the more pain they’ll cause, and the more damage they’ll do to the rest of your mouth.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Wisdom tooth removal isn’t always necessary. Sometimes the third molars can erupt without any problems. Unfortunately, this often isn’t the case; most of the time, it’s recommended to remove the wisdom teeth before they cause any permanent damage to the mouth. Common reasons for wisdom tooth extraction include:
- Wisdom teeth that are fully or partially impacted.
- An infection that is causing fever, swelling, and pain.
- The rest of your bite shifting out of alignment.
- Continuous pain or pressure near the back of your mouth where the wisdom teeth are trying to come in.
What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure
We want you to remain comfortable during your wisdom teeth extraction, so first we’ll administer local anesthesia to the area we’ll be working on. Sedation is also offered if you need it. Once we’re sure you’re in a state where we can work on your smile without discomfort, we’ll begin the extraction process. Partially erupted teeth can be gently loosened with special instruments until they’re detached from the jaw. Fully impacted teeth require a more surgical approach where the gums are opened and each molar is removed in sections.
Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Gauze will be placed over the surgical sites to reduce bleeding. Make sure you have a trusted adult to drive you home after the surgery. Take any prescribed pain medications according to your dentist’s instructions, and use a cold compress to alleviate any swelling that occurs. When brushing your teeth, avoid the surgical sites entirely so that you don’t irritate them. Plan on eating liquid and soft foods for at least a few days; you can return to a normal diet once you start to feel more like your normal self.