Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Evansville, WI
Saving Your Teeth from Future Problems
Wisdom teeth are the 3rd molars in the back of your mouth. They are called, “Wisdom teeth” because they typically grow in when you get older (between 17 and 25). While many people can retain them with no side-effects, others may need to have them removed to prevent severe oral health issues. Read on to learn everything you need to know about wisdom teeth extractions in Evansville and why they need to be removed in the first place.
Why Should My Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Many people have a mouth or jawbone that is too small to accommodate an extra set of molars, which can lead to a number of problems like:
- Damage to the surrounding teeth
- Increased risk of infection in the mouth
- Tooth decay in the wisdom teeth and surrounding area
- Misalignment of teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Pain and discomfort
Thankfully, Dr. Melanie White can use her experience and dental X-Rays to detect your wisdom teeth and remove them before any of these issues occur. She recommends that most people get their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early 20’s. This age range tends to provide the easiest surgery for both you and your dentist.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process
First, Dr. White will make sure you’re completely comfortable using sedation. Once you are fully relaxed and numb, she will begin to remove your wisdom teeth. Sometimes, she may have to make a small incision in your gums to access your tooth. She may also break your wisdom teeth into smaller pieces for easier removal—don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing. Once your teeth are out, she will stitch up your gums and place gauze in your mouth for any bleeding.
After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Dr. White typically recommends taking a few days off of work or school after getting your wisdom teeth removed because you may be a little groggy or feel pain and soreness in the area of removal. Use these tips to make your after-extraction recovery as easy as possible:
- Take the medicine that is prescribed to you
- Avoid hard or chewy foods
- Use a cold-compress to reduce swelling
- Avoid using straws to drink
- Avoid smoking or using tobacco products
If you’re still feeling pain after more than 3 or 4 days, contact Maple Grove Family Dental to get the oral healthcare that you need. If you have intense pain or a fever, contact Dr. White right away. While these complications are rare, they may require immediate treatment.
Do you or your loved ones need any wisdom teeth extracted? Request an appointment with Dr. White and her experienced dental team.