When your wisdom teeth come in during your young adult years, there often isn’t enough space for them. This overcrowding can lead to a serious risk of infection and other oral health problems. At Georgia Marietta Dental and Implant Center in Marietta, Georgia, Damian Sommerville, DDS, regularly performs wisdom teeth extractions to restore your oral health. A skilled oral surgeon, Dr. Sommerville makes the procedure straightforward and comfortable, even walking you through each step of recovery. To set up a wisdom teeth extraction consultation, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
Your wisdom teeth are four back molars that come in during your young adult years well after the rest of your permanent teeth have already come in. They’re also known as “third molars” because they come in behind your second molars. Typically, they come in between the ages of 17 and 25.
The problem that frequently occurs with wisdom teeth is that since they come in so late, there generally isn’t enough room for them. This can lead to overcrowding and other issues. However, if your wisdom teeth are healthy, correctly positioned, and you can clean them properly with brushing and flossing techniques, you may not need them extracted.
Even though your wisdom teeth can come in without causing problems, that’s the exception rather than the rule. More than 85% of people will need to have their wisdom teeth extracted in their lifetime.
In most cases, wisdom teeth don’t have room to come in and grow properly. If they aren’t able to emerge fully from your gum line, they can become impacted and increase the risk of infection to surrounding teeth. They also can be harder to keep clean, which often leads to cavities and decay in the area. The crowding can also damage neighboring teeth.
During your regular checkups, Dr. Sommerville will monitor your wisdom teeth. If he notices any issues, he’ll recommend an extraction.
Getting your wisdom teeth extracted is nothing to worry about. Dr. Sommerville will administer either a local or general anesthesia that will make the procedure comfortable for you.
During a wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Sommerville makes an incision in your gum line with special dental instruments. This incision allows him to access the roots of your wisdom teeth below the gum line. He then carefully removes the teeth in sections.
Afterward, he stitches up the incision and uses gauze to stop any bleeding.
Following a wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Sommerville will prescribe plenty of rest, pain medication, and a diet of soft foods. You’ll need at least a week to recover, during which swelling and some pain is normal. The team at Marietta Dental and Implant Center will monitor your recovery and bring you back for a follow-up visit to make sure you’ve fully recovered.
If you’d like to know more about how wisdom teeth extraction works, call the office or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation today.