Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Your wisdom teeth are the final set of molars and for most people, these teeth erupt during their early 20’s. If your wisdom teeth are properly aligned and fully erupted, they do not cause any trouble. However, many people have wisdom teeth that are impacted or do not grow properly. This causes damage to adjacent teeth, the jawbone or nerves. It may also cause pain and at times, tooth decay. In instances like these, we would recommend wisdom tooth extraction.
By removing the problematic wisdom teeth, you can avoid a more painful and complicated extraction in the future. The extraction is much easier in younger people or those whose wisdom tooth is still erupting. During this stage, the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed, and the bones surrounding it are still dense. This would be the ideal time to have them removed.
How It’s Done
The procedure usually takes one visit and normally last for about an hour, depending on the condition of the tooth or teeth.
First, Dr. Devack will administer anesthesia in the site where the tooth will be removed. The type of anesthesia that will be used will depend on the complexity of the extraction. If the teeth are not impacted, then usually local anesthesia will suffice. Otherwise, we may have to administer general anesthesia.
Once the anesthesia starts working, an incision will be made in the gum tissue in order to expose the wisdom tooth and bone. If the tooth is fully erupted, Dr. Devack will remove it similar to how any regular tooth is extracted.
However, if the tooth is impacted, it will need to be cut into pieces and taken out bit by bit to reduce the amount of bone that would have to be removed.
Once the tooth is extracted, he will clean the site to make sure there is no debris inside. In some cases, your dentist might need to stitch the wound to promote faster healing.
Patients may experience bleeding, pain and swelling after the procedure. This is normal. However, if the bleeding continues, you need to contact your dentist right away.
If you have a troublesome wisdom tooth, you may need to have it removed. Please call our office at (954) 733-3188.
Our office is located on 4600 W Commercial Blvd. Suite 2 Tamarac, FL 33319.