Wisdom Tooth Removal: Improve Your Comfort and Oral Health

When the third molars, or wisdom teeth, begin to erupt, they can become impacted and disturb the alignment of surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth can eventually become infected, and even cause cysts or tumors to form around the molar. In all of these cases, our doctors recommend wisdom tooth removal.

Patients in the Tampa, FL, (Tampa Bay Area Florida Offices) area 15 years of age and older who have not had their wisdom teeth removed can elect to undergo this procedure to preserve their oral health and prevent complications. All of the surgeons at Coastal Jaw Surgery have extensive knowledge and experience performing extractions and other oral surgery procedures, and can provide quality care. Please contact our office to make an appointment with one of our doctors.

Understanding the Third Molars

The third molars are the last teeth to erupt, typically after all of the permanent teeth have settled into their permanent positions. Unfortunately, there is simply not enough room in most patients’ smiles to accommodate the wisdom teeth without disrupting bite alignment. Often, the wisdom teeth will grow in at angles and fail to erupt at all, which impacts nearby teeth and makes them difficult to brush and floss. We recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth removed before the root of the tooth forms and attaches to the jawbone. This usually occurs between the ages of 15-24, but treatment may be recommended for younger patients if the third molars begin to emerge early.

The Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

When you come in for your initial consultation, we will use different diagnostic imaging techniques to obtain a clear understanding of the positioning of your wisdom teeth. Typically, they are located beneath the gum line and under a small layer of bone, behind your existing molars. Our doctors will administer intravenous (IV) sedation and a local anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Your surgeon will make an incision in the gum line to gain access to the wisdom teeth and gently remove them. For more complex cases, it may be necessary to remove the teeth in small pieces.

When the surgery is complete, your doctor will close the incisions with sutures that will dissolve after your gums have healed. Some bleeding and swelling is to be expected in the days following your procedure, and your doctor will give you prescription medication to manage any pain or discomfort. You will be advised to rest for the remainder of the day and use ice packs to reduce any swelling. Patients can typically return to their normal routines one to three days following their surgery. As with all of our oral surgery procedures, your comfort and safety are our top priorities throughout treatment.

Take the First Step to Improving Your Comfort

If you are a teenager or a young adult, or have noticed any pain or discomfort in the back of your jaw, please contact us today to schedule your consultation at our Palm Harbor, Trinity, or Spring Hill location.