Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries performed in the United States. During the late teen and early adult years, wisdom teeth erupt in many people. Unfortunately, there is often not enough room in the mouth for these extra molars to fit comfortably without upsetting the natural alignment of the rest of the teeth. The gentle removal of wisdom teeth is part of our suite of dental care services at Pleasant Plains Dental. We provide wisdom teeth surgery for patients of all ages.
Wisdom Tooth Removal FAQs
What are impacted wisdom teeth?
Teeth that fail to break through the gum tissue are called "impacted." These teeth require removal in order to protect the jaw and prevent overcrowding and displacement of the surrounding teeth. Often wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in at a bad angle are also referred to as impacted. The odd angles create pockets where bacteria can hide which can cause wisdom teeth infection.
What if my wisdom teeth grow in?
Some people have room in their jaw for their wisdom teeth and if the teeth grow properly into place, then surgery is not necessary. Wisdom teeth decay is common however, because they are so far back that they are difficult to keep clean. Unless your wisdom teeth grow in perfectly straight, they can cause other teeth to shift.
How will I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Usually you will experience some discomfort in the area of your wisdom teeth to indicate they need to come out. Jaw pain is common and so are bleeding or swollen gums. You might also have a persistent bad taste in your mouth. Before your wisdom teeth removal in Indian Trail, NC, our team will take X-rays to determine the location of your wisdom teeth so that our doctors can plan the surgery.
Is it painful to have wisdom teeth removed?
Generally wisdom teeth removal pain is far less than the pain experienced before the teeth come out. Wisdom teeth extraction is an outpatient surgery performed under appropriate sedation to maximize patient comfort. You will feel little to no pain during the procedure. Our entire staff provides considerate and compassionate dental care for patients of all ages.
What is the wisdom teeth removal recovery time?
We will give you detailed directions for aftercare to help your wisdom teeth recovery go smoothly. You will want to take it easy the first day to recover from the effects of the sedation and the surgery. For the first 24 hours it is important that the blood clot remains intact so don't drink from a straw, smoke or rinse your teeth. After that, gentle saltwater rinses, soft foods, and over-the-counter pain medication are usually sufficient. Most people feel fully recovered after a few days but more complicated extractions can take a week or more to fully heal.
Compassionate Care in Indian Trail, NC
Pleasant Plains Dental has a friendly staff and experienced doctors who will be happy to work with you to determine the appropriate treatment. We offer numerous payment options and our front office will help you determine how much of the wisdom teeth removal cost will be covered by your insurance. Contact us today for your appointment.