Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last of your teeth to erupt; however, most people tend to not have enough room for their wisdom teeth, which often leads to overcrowding or impacted teeth. To help you avoid these issues, Dr. Llavona and Dr. Oliver of Dental Specialists of Weston are pleased to offer wisdom teeth extraction in Weston, Florida. Our dentists can monitor your teeth to know if and when you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. To schedule your consultation, we invite you to contact our practice today at 954-349-4993.
The Purpose of Removing Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, are the last of your teeth to erupt, and they typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25. For many people, however, the eruption of your wisdom teeth usually creates some complications. As a result, most people have their wisdom teeth removed.
There are several reasons why our dentists may recommend that your wisdom teeth be removed:
- By the time your wisdom teeth come in, your jaw has stopped growing. If there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate your wisdom teeth, it is easy for them to become impacted while erupting. This means that the wisdom teeth cannot fully emerge, which can cause damage to your gums and bone.
- Wisdom teeth often come in crooked, which can damage the neighboring teeth or push them out of their proper positions. To avoid crooked teeth or bite problems, it is best to remove your wisdom teeth.
- When wisdom teeth become impacted, it is easier for bacteria to form along the gum line and cause gum disease. It is also easier for cysts to develop around the tooth, which can lead to infection to the gums or bone.
During your visits to our practice, we will use digital X-rays and other technology to monitor your wisdom teeth and help determine whether removing your wisdom teeth is the right call.
In most cases, our dentists can perform your wisdom teeth removal in our office with anesthesia or sedation. Determining whether we use sedation, anesthesia or both will be based on how many teeth you are having removed, your medical history and any unique circumstances with your oral health. Our team will work with you prior to your appointment to determine which of anesthesia is best for you.
Once the treatment area is numb and any sedation has been administered, we can begin the procedure. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, our dentists will need to open the gum tissue around the tooth. Next, we will gently remove the tooth and close the extraction site with sutures (stitches). After your procedure is complete, you will need to wait at our office for some time before going home. In most cases, you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.
Most wisdom teeth removals have a recovery period of just a few days. During your recovery, you need to rest and keep your head elevated to promote proper healing. In some cases, we will prescribe pain medication, which you should take as directed. Otherwise, you can take any recommended over-the-counter pain medication.
It is normal to experience some bleeding after your surgery. We will place a gauze pad over the extraction site. Gently bite down on the gauze to help stop the bleeding. You can change the gauze as needed until the bleeding stops.
Swelling is also normal after surgery. To reduce swelling, you can hold an ice pack or cold compress to your cheek in five-minute intervals (five minutes on, five minutes off). After the first 24 hours, use a warm compress or washcloth.
Do not touch the extraction site during the healing process. To clean your mouth, you can rinse with a warm salt water rinse a few times a day. This can also help relieve any discomfort.
During your healing period, you will need to maintain a diet of soft foods for a few days. Avoid eating hard, crunchy or sticky foods until you have healed. Do NOT drink anything from a straw.
Each patient is different, and while it is important to follow these post-operative instructions, you may need to make some adjustments to fit your unique situation. Our dentists and team can also help answer any questions you may have about your unique situation.