Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentist located in South King County, Des Moines, WA

Wisdom teeth that don’t erupt properly can lead to pain, swelling, and infection. Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team can screen your mouth for impacted wisdom teeth and offer treatment. If you’re a resident of Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, Washington, and still have your wisdom teeth, come to Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry for treatment.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

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.

What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?

If you don’t have your wisdom teeth removed and they remain impacted, you might experience:

  • Swollen gums
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth

Before your wisdom teeth cause pain and swelling, Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team 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.

How are wisdom teeth extracted?

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 Implant & Cosmetic 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.

What happens after the extraction?

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 Implant & Cosmetic 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. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team let you know which type of stitches you have.  


Welcome, New Patients!

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic 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!