xray showing wisdom teeth

Starting at around age 6, the primary teeth we develop as young children are gradually replaced by permanent teeth. The wisdom teeth are usually the latest ones to ‘erupt’ or grow in at roughly age 17. The best case scenario is that all four wisdom teeth grow in normally, however in many cases problems arise. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough space in the mouth for wisdom teeth to develop the way they’re supposed to. Since problematic wisdom teeth can cause pain, gum disease, or orthodontic issues it can be best to just have them removed. Dental Wellness Phoenixville can help with easy, painless extractions. If you need a dental office near you that can perform wisdom teeth removal, reach out to our team today!

Why Should I Have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Sometimes wisdom teeth only partially erupt, or fail to erupt normally. They can grow in at the wrong angle and overcrowd the mouth, which can make orthodontic treatment necessary. The gums may end up partially covering these back molars, which can lead to infection or periodontal disease. The best approach is generally to remove wisdom teeth early on so that they don’t cause problems later in life. If you didn’t have your wisdom teeth removed while you were still a teenager however, the extractions can be performed at any age.

Do Wisdom Teeth Extractions Hurt?

The actual surgical procedure is fairly straightforward. We use a local anesthetic to help numb the tooth and surrounding area so that you can experience a pain-free procedure. The whole process takes less than 45 minutes. Depending on how many wisdom teeth are being extracted in one session, different sedation options may be offered.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

For a single extraction it’s a good idea to take at least the rest of your day off to allow yourself some time to recover. For multiple extractions it can help to plan for multiple days off. While recovering you’re likely to experience some light bleeding. Keeping gauze in the mouth and switching it out regularly will help to gradually stop the bleeding. We can also prescribe pain medication to help deal with any residual discomfort, swelling, or bruising that arises. Most importantly we’ll be able to walk you through the steps you can take to avoid complications and heal effectively.

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