Most people don’t have enough room in their mouths for fully erupted third molars, or wisdom teeth. These four teeth – two on top, two on the bottom – usually develop in your late teens to early 20s.
When these teeth don’t break through the surface of the gums, they’re referred to as “impacted.” Impacted wisdom teeth can result in infection, decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease, or formation of a cyst or tumor from the follicle, which forms the crown of the tooth. Many dentists recommend removal of impacted wisdom teeth to prevent problems down the road.
If you don’t have your wisdom teeth removed and they remain impacted, you might experience:
Before your wisdom teeth cause pain and swelling, Dr. Cheng and Dr. Anwar can watch their development through X-rays to determine the right time to extract them.
Not all people need their wisdom teeth extracted. Some adults have wisdom teeth that erupt and cause no problems, or they simply don’t develop any at all. Even if your wisdom teeth develop with no problem, know they’re vulnerable to decay and need special attention during your regular oral hygiene routine.
Impacted wisdom teeth are extracted during an outpatient procedure, meaning you go home the same day. You receive sedation or local anesthesia to make the procedure as pain-free as possible. Your dentist at Fresh Smiles Family Dentistry makes an incision in your gum line to remove the wisdom tooth at its root. He closes the wound with stitches and packs the site of the extraction with gauze.
You may experience swelling and bleeding following a tooth extraction. You’ll receive detailed instructions on how to care for the treated area in the first weeks following the extraction. These include the types of food you can eat right away and for the coming week as well as the application of cold compresses to reduce swelling. Your dentist at Fresh Smiles Family Dentistry also may prescribe pain relievers or recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever to alleviate pain immediately after the procedure.
Some stitches dissolve over time, and some need to be removed after a few days. Dr. Cheng and Dr. Anwar let you know which type of stitches you have.
Welcome, New Patients!
Fresh Smiles Family Dentistry is happily accepting new patients in the South King County area. We treat patients from Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn and SeaTac, WA. Schedule your wisdom teeth consultation with our office today!
Fresh Smiles Dental Des Moines makes every effort to provide you with the finest dental care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this goal, we work hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. If you have any problems or questions, please ask our staff. They are well informed and up-to-date. Our insurance coordinator will see to it that all claims are processed promptly and correctly to minimize your out of pocket expenses. We participate with most major insurance plan. For a complete list of plans that we participate with, please call our office. Please bring your insurance information with you to the consultation so that we can expedite reimbursement.
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