There are a few reasons why wisdom teeth may need to be removed. The third molars can often erupt at an awkward angle and affect the alignment of the rest of the teeth. Some fail to erupt at all, instead damaging the tissues of the jaw.
If you’re a young patient in need of wisdom tooth removal, it’s normal to be nervous about the surgery. A lot of our young patients are nervous about the surgery, so we thought we’d demystify the procedure here to help you understand exactly what you can expect.
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.
- When you come in again to have your wisdom teeth taken out, 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.
- When you head home, 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.
Learn More About Dental Implants at Coastal Jaw Surgery
If you would like to learn more about wisdom tooth removal contact our oral surgery and reconstructive dentistry center today. We are ready to work closely with you to ensure your smile is healthy and beautiful. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience and are waiting to hear from you to discuss your oral surgery and dental implant options.
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.