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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Third molars, known as wisdom teeth, often erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. Wisdom teeth get their name because they often erupt more than six years later than other teeth. Wisdom teeth removal usually occurs in adolescence, but sometimes dentists elect to perform this operation earlier. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.

A Few Reasons For Wisdom Teeth Removal

Many wisdom teeth get impacted. This means that the wisdom teeth cannot erupt fully. Instead, they get caught in the jaws or gums, causing pain. If the wisdom teeth come in partially, they are more susceptible to cavities and infection, so your dentist might still advise you to consider wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom teeth removal is often recommended for people with smaller mouths because the added teeth can cause overcrowding and pain. Wisdom teeth come in behind your last molars, but if there is no space for them, they can undo years of orthodontic work by pushing your other teeth out of alignment. Their location in your mouth also makes them difficult to clean and leaves them susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Wisdom teeth may also come in at an angle. Rather than erupting straight through your gums, wisdom teeth can turn sideways, causing discomfort in the gums and surrounding teeth.

What to Expect with Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is considered major surgery, and you will need a general anesthetic during the extraction. Our dentists at Parkcrest Dental Group suggest you bring a friend or relative with you to the appointment. You will not be yourself for a few hours after the procedure, and you should not operate a vehicle.

After your wisdom teeth removal procedure, the area of extraction will be sore, and you will experience some swelling. You will need to take some time off of work for recovery. The surgery typically takes less than an hour, but the anesthetic and the resulting pain will make working or watching the kids difficult.

Use an ice pack and keep your head above your heart to help bring down the swelling. Do not eat hard or sticky foods, don’t smoke, and don’t drink alcohol for a few days. Wait a day before brushing your teeth.

Ask Us about Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your wisdom teeth, come in and see us. Our experienced dentists in Springfield, MO have been serving our community for more than 40 years. We’d love to take a look at those third molars for you. Contact Parkcrest Dental Group if you feel any pain or are worried about you or your child’s wisdom teeth.

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