Wisdom Teeth Removal
Having your wisdom teeth removed in your late teens or early twenties is pretty common. Some patients escape the need for wisdom teeth removal either because the wisdom teeth do not grow in at all or they are able to emerge with few symptoms.
Not all wisdom teeth cause pain or oral health problems, but when they do, it could be time for an evaluation with your dentist.
If you decide not to remove your wisdom teeth, they do require some special care. Since they are located toward the back of your jaw, they are often difficult to reach and can be a challenge to keep clean.
Symptomatic Wisdom Teeth
Usually the first sign of problematic wisdom teeth includes aching at the back of the jaw. You may feel the cusps of your teeth begin to push through, or your teeth may begin to get closer because of overcrowding.
An x-ray can tell us what is going on with your wisdom teeth and whether yours can stay or we should discuss removing them to protect your oral health.
3-D Cone Beam Technology
Seeing your wisdom teeth in a 2-D x-ray only tells us part of the picture. With 3-D imaging, we can see how your wisdom teeth sit in your bone and the relationship to your other teeth, jawbone, your bite, and the size of your jaw. Thanks to this additional information, we can effectively plan surgery before we even begin.
Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal
Our dentists have removed wisdom teeth for hundreds of patients and their experience allows you to enjoy the best care possible. We know that some anxiety may exist when it comes to planning the removal of your wisdom teeth, but we are here to put you at ease.
If you want a little help relaxing, we offer sedation dentistry in our Richmond, IN dental office: nitrous oxide, oral sedation dentistry, and even IV sedation.
Once we make you comfortable, our dentist will remove your problematic teeth. This process should be painless because you are completely numb.
Recovering from any type of surgery will include some level of swelling and discomfort, but any discomfort associated with your wisdom tooth removal can often be treated with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). We will discuss your options with you so that you can recover comfortably.
We also recommend that you avoid drinking through a straw or smoking cigarettes, as this can dislodge necessary healing tissue and cause pain.
Are You Experiencing Dental Pain?
Don’t wait to call Spring Grove Dental. We want to help you feel like yourself again! Give us a call and one of our friendly team members will schedule an exam so that you can have the answers you need about your oral health.