Wisdom Teeth: Not So Wise After All!
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of four teeth that form in the back of your mouth behind your molars. Generally, wisdom teeth will be the last to fill in during either late teenagehood or early adulthood.
Though wisdom teeth are not inherently harmful, they often grow in sideways causing damage and misalignment to your other teeth.
Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If they grow in straight, wisdom teeth do not necessarily pose a threat to your mouth. More often than not, however, wisdom teeth grow sideways within the gums and can become cess-pools for pain and infection.
Our dental team can help to determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed by x-raying your mouth and jaw. After the x-rays are complete, we assess the direction in which the teeth are growing, the potential threats to your existing teeth, and whether or not you have enough bone mass in your jaw to fully support the wisdom teeth.
What Happens During a Wisdom Teeth Removal?
During the extraction process, the patient is placed under sedation and has their entire mouth and jaw numbed. Our dental surgeons then make incisions into the gum above the wisdom teeth, exposing the tooth and bone.
The tooth is then removed, sometimes in several pieces depending on the difficulty of its position. In some cases, the root may be removed as well.
Aftercare for Wisdom Teeth Removals
Once the extraction is complete, you will need up to 2 weeks to fully recover. Our team will provide you with the proper care instructions, diet restrictions, and pain medications to help you make a full and strong recovery!
Smile Crafters is always accepting new patients in Clermont and the surrounding areas. To learn more about wisdom teeth removals or any of our other services, give our team a call to schedule your appointment today!