Despite their name, wisdom teeth usually only cause trouble. As the final set of molars to grow into the mouth, wisdom teeth rarely have the room they need to fit with other teeth comfortably. If wisdom teeth aren’t removed shortly after they appear during a patient’s teen years or early twenties, they often become impacted in the gums and force other teeth into misalignment. This is why Broward Oral Surgery Associates offers pain-free wisdom tooth extraction that prevents the wisdom teeth from causing any painful and unpleasant side effects.
Recognizing When It’s TIme for Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Since wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth, they usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth grow in normally, while other people never even develop wisdom teeth. However, the majority of people develop wisdom teeth but don’t have enough room in the mouth to accommodate them. As long as you receive regular dental checkups, your dentist will use periodic X-rays to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and determine whether they pose a risk to the health of your gums and teeth.
If your dentist predicts that your wisdom teeth will become impacted, or stuck within the gums at awkward angles, he may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth pulled at Broward Oral Surgery Associates as a preventative measure. It’s also possible that your wisdom teeth have already become impacted and are causing you pain, infection, damage to other teeth, and damage to surrounding bone. If that’s the case, you will need your wisdom teeth extracted immediately to prevent further complications.
The Extraction and Recovery Process
Dr. Perry Seider and Dr. Jeffrey Stevens at Broward Oral Surgery Associates offer sedation and general anesthesia to make your wisdom tooth extraction process easy and painless. While you are asleep, your skilled oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum and remove your tooth in pieces, then stitch each wound closed, if necessary, to promote healing. When you wake up, all of your wisdom teeth will be gone and you can begin your recovery process.
You will want to take it easy for a few days after your surgery to give your mouth time to heal. You can apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek to soothe any lingering pain, and be sure to eat soft foods the first few days to ensure you don’t interrupt the healing process in your gums. Dr. Seider and Dr. Stevens will give you all the instructions you need to enjoy a quick and simple recovery, and within a few days you can return to your normal habits and activities. Schedule your appointment today by clicking here or calling one of our two locations closest to you.