Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The third molars, commonly known as the wisdom teeth, are commonly problematic for adult patients. These teeth, which are the last to erupt through the gum line, appear in the very back of the mouth. When there is not enough room for them to come up through the gum line, they can become impacted and very painful. Additionally, those wisdom teeth that DO come through the gum line may be too far back for patients to clean properly. Their position makes it difficult for patients to brush and floss these teeth, which leads to cavities and disease. The team at Dental365 will recommend the removal of wisdom teeth for most patients beginning between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.
What types of removal are available?
Removal of wisdom teeth occurs with one of two options:
- Simple extraction – a simple extraction is performed when the tooth has already come above the gum line and is accessible by the dentist. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and the dentist will hold the tooth with a special instrument and wedge it out from the bone of the jaw. The tooth is easily extracted in minutes.
- Surgical extraction – when impacted teeth are a concern, surgical extraction is often necessary. Surgical extraction is performed with proper patient sedation as well as anesthetics. The dentist cuts into the gums to access the wisdom teeth and remove them. The area is sutured with dissolvable stitches and patients will leave the practice with special post-operative instructions to ensure proper and speedy healing.
How do I know if I need to remove my wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth may not be a problem for some patients, so extraction may not be needed. However, if wisdom teeth are impacted or are contributing to gum disease or cavities, it may be time to speak to a dental professional about having them removed to maintain oral health and wellness.
Are you interested in having your wisdom teeth removed?
Extraction of the wisdom teeth is a common procedure performed by the team at Dental365. If you are experiencing problems with your third molars and are interested in seeking treatment through extraction, we welcome you to call our practice at (844) 365-DENTAL to schedule an appointment at one of our many office locations throughout Connecticut and the New York Metropolitan area.