If it’s time to make room or remove the pain associated with wisdom teeth, there’s no better place to find relief than with the dental professionals at Shore Dental. Wisdom tooth extractions in North Port are a great solution for impacted teeth that have yet to erupt through the gum line or teeth that can cause potential damage and problems with overcrowding. This common procedure is performed time and time again, most especially on older teenagers and young adults. To learn more, contact our office.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
If you’ve ever looked at an x-ray of your mouth, you’ll see there are what are known as “third molars” that exist on each side of your jaw. Positioned in the back of your mouth, these teeth are the last to erupt and typically appear in the late teen or early adulthood years. Some people never experience their wisdom teeth erupting through the gum line, but for others, these teeth pose problems. Whether they’re impacted or they come in at an awkward angle, it is often seen as a “rite of passage” to have these teeth removed.
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Wisdom teeth extractions in North Port are often performed if:
You have one or all wisdom teeth that are impacted
You’re experiencing serious pain and sensitivity
Your nearby teeth are affected by your wisdom teeth pressing against them. This can cause your other teeth to shift out of alignment.
Your wisdom teeth are developing out of alignment or at an angle
Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Fortunately, for many people, they’ve never had their wisdom teeth removed. It’s not always necessary to have these teeth extracted, but only your dentist can determine if they’re in good enough shape to stay in place. Some reasons you may not need your wisdom teeth removed include:
They’ve erupted through the gum line with no problems
They’re not impacting your nearby teeth in any way
There’s no sign of infection or swelling
How Does the Extraction Process Work?
If you’ve seen videos of teenagers laying in the passenger seat of their parents’ car with gauze in their mouth and feeling a bit “dazed,” it’s not too far off from a typical wisdom tooth extraction. While it may take some time for the anesthesia to wear off, it’s necessary that you receive it in order to have the procedure done.
When you arrive for your extraction, our dentists will numb the areas in which your teeth must be removed. If the tooth is partially erupted, the dentist will gently move it back and forth until it dislodges from the socket.
If the tooth is impacted, it will require the dentist to make a small incision in the gum line in order to go in and remove it. If necessary, the tooth may need to be broken into pieces for easier removal.
After your teeth have been removed, we will have you bite down on a piece of gauze. This will keep the bleeding to a minimum and force a blood clot to form. It is important that you don’t spit or sip through a straw, as this could dislodge the clot. You can expect some swelling and pain, but make sure to take your antibiotics and pain medication as instructed.