When wisdom teeth come in, we can remove them with ease and ensure your mouth stays healthy.
Teens and adults can rest assured that the team at Stephen M. Huppert DDS will keep them comfortable during wisdom teeth removal.
If you or your teen require wisdom teeth removal, give our Sacramento, CA, dentist office a call to schedule a consultation. We provide this oral surgery service to ensure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the final teeth that erupt, typically coming in during the late teen or early adult years. While some people don’t have wisdom teeth, most do. Sometimes they come in properly and don’t cause any problems, but other times, they cause crowding or become impacted. These issues lead to a need for wisdom teeth extraction.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
When wisdom teeth erupt properly, there is no need for oral surgery to remove them. But when they cause issues with the surrounding teeth, or they become impacted as they break through the gums, extraction is necessary to keep your mouth healthy.
Your dental team may notice your wisdom teeth during a routine image. If they appear misaligned, an extraction could be recommended. Once they begin to erupt, you may experience pain, stiffness, or swelling of the jaw. If they become impacted, you may develop symptoms of general illness or even a painful spot on your gum tissue. Any of these signs could mean that we need to move forward with wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
Removing wisdom teeth requires surgery. Throughout the procedure, you’ll be kept comfortable by our trained team.
- Prior to your extraction appointment, we will bring you in for a consultation. This is when we’ll take images to determine the position of your wisdom teeth. We will also walk you through the procedure and answer any of your questions.
- On the day of your procedure, we will administer your anesthesia and monitor you throughout the procedure to make sure you stay comfortable.
- The surgery begins with an incision in the gums to expose the wisdom teeth. Our providers will then remove the tooth or teeth and clean the extraction site to prevent any infection.
- Once the surgery is complete, we’ll stitch the gums closed, and then place gauze over the extraction sites to help the blood clot.
Total recovery from wisdom teeth extractions should take 1 week. To promote healing, we encourage you to rest, drink a lot of water, and eat only soft foods. Over-the-counter pain medications, ice, and heat will help with the initial discomfort. You can control the bleeding by using gauze over the sites and changing on our recommended schedule.
After the first 24 hours, you can resume normal oral hygiene routines, but be sure to avoid the extraction sites until they have healed more and can tolerate brushing. We will provide you with thorough after-care instructions on your procedure day.
If you need wisdom teeth extraction, trust the team at Stephen M. Huppert DDS. We take care of you throughout the entire procedure and make sure your smile is healthy when we’re done. Call us today to schedule an appointment!