Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is the most popular form of oral surgery done throughout the United States, but do you understand why it is done?

The typical mouth is designed to hold 28 permanent teeth. With the additional four wisdom teeth, the mouth becomes overwhelmed and under spaced. While the wisdom teeth are no more than just another set of molars, they can come in sideways, become impacted, and cause a variety of other concerns within the mouth. Frequent issues caused by the wisdom teeth include:

  • Overcrowding of the already established teeth
  • Swollen, sore, infected gums and/or periodontal disease
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw bone damage
  • Tooth root damage
  • Bad breath
  • Constant headaches

It is most often recommended that the wisdom teeth be removed from the mouth before they begin presenting issues. X-rays allow dentists to track the development and placement of the wisdom teeth so that they know the proper time to remove them from the mouth. Allowing the wisdom teeth to remain in the mouth too long can lead to serious issues. Overcrowding becomes a significant issue because as the wisdom teeth try to force their way in to the mouth, they cause the already established teeth to shift. This is especially disheartening for those who have undergone successful orthodontic treatment.

Wisdom teeth removal is a relatively straightforward procedure, done as an out-patient surgery. Done under anesthesia – local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and/or laughing gas – the wisdom teeth and their roots are removed from the back of the mouth. With careful adherence to post-operative instructions, patients are generally completely healed in less than one week’s time.

At Southern Charm Dental, we provide safe dentistry services in a comfortable environment. Please contact our practice today regarding any of your oral health concerns or to schedule an appointment.