Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most people do not have enough room in their mouths for wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, to grow in properly. They are the last teeth to erupt, usually between the ages of 14 and 19. When they begin to grow in, they can cause a host of problems, such as impaction, crowding of the surrounding teeth, infection, and decay.
We will take x-rays and evaluate your mouth to determine whether your incoming wisdom teeth pose any of these potential problems. It is typically advisable to have wisdom teeth removed during the late teen years or in early adulthood. Extractions can range from only one tooth that is presenting a problem up to all four wisdom teeth.
If it is determined that you need an extraction, we will meet to address all of your questions and discuss your concerns. It is not unusual to feel nervous about the procedure. Most people choose to be sedated during the extraction, which is a fairly common outpatient surgery. We will discuss anesthesia options at your consultation and create a plan to optimize your comfort.
Sutures or stitches will be used to close the gums and minimize bleeding and other complications. The sutures may dissolve or you could be asked to return to the office to have them removed. While you are healing, eat soft foods, keep your mouth clean, and get plenty of rest. With proper care, you should be able to return to your regular routine within a couple days.
At Northampton Dental, we take pride in offering comprehensive oral care. Our experienced, dedicated doctors and caring team will take exceptional care of your every dental need. To schedule a dental checkup, meet to talk about oral health needs, or to discuss the removal of your wisdom teeth, please contact us today.
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