General, Cosmetic, & Periodontal Dentistry located in Cumming, GA
The staff at Inspiring Smiles in Cumming, Georgia, understand that having teeth extracted can be a scary undertaking. For Dr. Page Barden, DDS, MSD, patients’ safety always comes first, so they can rest assured that a procedure like a wisdom tooth removal is handled with the utmost care and attention. If you or your loved one is between the ages of 17 and 25, it might be time to look into wisdom teeth removal. Call Inspiring Smiles for an appointment or schedule online today.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Q & A
Who needs their wisdom teeth removed?
Everyone is different, and as such, so is everyone’s mouth. Wisdom teeth begin appearing between the ages of 17 and 25, and with them usually comes some issues. Many people begin to experience pain as wisdom teeth start to come in, or they may be negatively affecting the appearance of their smile or teeth alignment. If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, Dr. Barden may recommend removing them in order to maintain your oral health.
Why get your wisdom teeth taken out?
Aside from the pain associated with these teeth’s arrival, there are a few other reasons why you might consider removing your wisdom teeth, such as:
- Your jaw may not be big enough to accommodate them
- They’re at an awkward angle, causing gum problems and teeth crowding
- Impacted wisdom teeth are damaging the jawbone or other teeth
What is the removal procedure like?
Prior to getting your wisdom teeth out, Dr. Barden performs a thorough oral examination to determine the position of your wisdom teeth, identifying the type of extraction needed. This will include a routine X-ray.
You will need anesthesia during a wisdom teeth extraction, as it can be painful. Dr. Barden administers your anesthesia and ensures you are comfortable before beginning the extraction. There are a few types of anesthesia you may have during the removal. Dr. Barden will discuss options with you, and together, you will decide which is preferred.
During wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Barden exposes the tooth/teeth in the gums, removing any bone that may be blocking their path. He will then extract the tooth/teeth in question. Dr. Barden may have to cut your gums or bone to get the teeth out. He stitches the wounds shut afterward so that they heal quickly.
The procedure is quick and generally takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. You might wake up with gauze pads in your mouth, meant to soak up the blood. You are sent home to rest and recuperate with instructions on how to care for your mouth during the healing process. In some cases, you may be prescribed medications to alleviate pain and avoid infection.
How long does it take to recover?
Because you had anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. It is encouraged that the rest of your day be meant for rest and relaxation. Most people feel little to no pain after surgery, but swelling often lasts for up to three days.
Dr. Barden recommends that you put ice packs on your face to curb swelling and skin discoloration and use moist heat for a sore jaw. Drink plenty of fluids and take the medication prescribed to you (if any).
The experienced and well-trained office staff at Inspiring Smiles are ready to take great care of you during your wisdom teeth extraction. If you think it might be time for you or a loved one to receive this procedure, do not hesitate to call or schedule an appointment online.