Why Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
October 2nd, 2020
Wisdom teeth, known as the third set of molars, are the last permanent teeth to come in, typically between ages 17 – 21. Unfortunately, they often wreak havoc on your oral health and may need extraction. Your trusted team at Avalon Dental Care will spare no effort to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You can count on us for comfortable, gentle care!
Why Would Wisdom Teeth Require Extraction?
Most people don’t have enough space to accommodate their new wisdom teeth, so they often become impacted or trapped in the jawbone. That can result in complications, including cysts and infections. Problems with wisdom teeth can also lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
Wisdom teeth often erupt at an incorrect angle, placing pressure against the adjacent teeth. The resulting crowding or misalignment can affect your bite and will likely require orthodontic intervention down the road. Moreover, being so far in the back of the mouth, reaching and cleaning the wisdom teeth properly may be challenging, leaving them prone to developing tooth decay or gum inflammation. Even if those third molars are not causing any apparent problems, if they have the potential of causing future issues, we may recommend having them removed.
How Can You Promote Healing After Extraction?
Make sure to adhere to the post-operative instructions we provide and use the prescription pain medication as needed. It’s important to refrain from drinking through a straw, rinsing vigorously, spitting forcefully, or smoking for the first 48 hours after your extraction to avoid dislodging the clot forming in the socket. Otherwise, you may develop a painful condition known as “dry socket” that would require in-office care.
Make sure to contact us immediately in the unlikely event you start experiencing severe pain or bleeding, if you have redness and swelling at the extraction site that worsens, or if you develop fever, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
Gentle Wisdom Teeth in the El Segundo and Lomita Areas
Contact Avalon Dental Care to have your wisdom teeth evaluated and determine if an extraction is your best option. We are committed to providing our valued patients with the highest quality of care they deserve. Call us and schedule your appointment today!