Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
When wisdom teeth begin growing in (between 17-25 years old) they often become impacted. This means that instead of coming up and out of the gums, fitting into your mouth as your other teeth would, they often push against your other teeth. This can move your other teeth and cause misalignments.
Not everyone’s wisdom teeth need to be removed. Dental x-rays at your cleaning will show if a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted. We don’t want to remove a tooth unless it is necessary, but in many cases, removing a wisdom tooth is necessary to ensure your teeth do not shift in undesirable ways.
The most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal is:
- Your teeth become impacted
- Your wisdom teeth come in at the wrong angle
- Your mouth is now big enough for an extra set of molars
- Your wisdom teeth have cavities or gum disease as you are unable to reach with your toothbrush or dental floss
Sedation Options for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Many patients are nervous about having their wisdom teeth removed, which we completely understand. That is why we offer several sedation options to keep you as calm as possible.
If you are only getting one or two teeth extracted, we may numb the area with a local anesthetic. We may also give you laughing gas to relax you even further. This allows us to pull the tooth out while you are conscious, but without you feeling any pain.
In most cases, we may refer patients to have their wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon. You may be sedated for the procedure with IV sedation, which allows you to be in a relaxed state.
Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal
After your procedure, you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for the new holes in your mouth. The recovery time can be anywhere from two weeks to a month, depending on your age and the condition of the teeth.
We do not recommend that you use a straw or eat solid foods for at least a day after your procedure. You may feel pain in your jaw—this is normal. You will be prescribed painkillers as well as antibiotics.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Buford, GA
No one looks forward to getting their wisdom teeth removed, but it is often a rite of passage for young adults. Our team does everything it can to make the procedure painless and quick. You should have your wisdom teeth extracted before they start causing problems. Schedule your extraction with Smile Moore Dentistry by calling 770-945-5369 or reach us online.