Wisdom Teeth Spokane
While most teeth in the mouth are crucial for the role they play in oral function, wisdom teeth are considered vestigial. This means that they are an unnecessary feature in the mouth. For this reason, wisdom teeth extraction has become a sort of rite of passage in young adults and teens. Nonetheless, not everyone may have their wisdom teeth removed. If the teeth erupt in alignment with the other teeth or they don't cause problems, you can still live with them.
At Northview Family Dental, we have a specialist for wisdom teeth removal. We perform our tooth extraction procedures in a safe and comfortable way. When you visit us, our dentist is able to assess your mouth to see if these teeth present problems now or may bring issues in the future.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are situated at the back area of the mouth. They are also called the third molars. This set of teeth are the last to grow in. Many people will have these teeth erupt between the ages of 17 to 25.
When Should You Have Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Sometimes wisdom teeth erupt properly and don't cause any trouble. However, if they get partially or fully impacted in the jawbone or gums, they may need removal. Impacted teeth are trapped in the gums or jawbone and don't grow in fully. As such, these impacted teeth may contribute to cavities, infection, gum disease, or even pain. Additionally, as the teeth struggle to come in, they may begin to push the other teeth, causing them to misalign. At this point, you should have them removed.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process
To get your third molars extracted, you will need to schedule an appointment with us. Our dentist will conduct an evaluation which involves x-rays to see how these teeth are positioned in the gums. During the extraction, you will be sedated to be more comfortable and reduce any anticipated stress.
The dentist creates an incision in your gum tissue to expose the tooth being extracted. The tooth will need to be divided into pieces in order to extract it easier. Once it is extracted, the dentist or oral surgeon cleans the site thoroughly before stitching it up. You are then provided with gauze to bite down on to control bleeding. The extraction surgery isn't painful since you are already sedated and numbed.
Once the dentist is done with removing the tooth, you are given post-op instructions to follow at home as you recover. This will ensure smooth recovery and avoid any complications from arising such as further bleeding, dry socket, or an infection.
Aftercare for Wisdom Teeth Removal
After extraction, avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously because it may sweep away the blood clot that is forming. Also, avoid using drinking straws. Smoking is also not advisable because it can delay healing and risk an infection. Keep the site undisturbed by avoiding touching it with the tongue or finger. Avoid hard foods for the first few days. See the dentist if you have pain lasting more than five days or if you notice other complications.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, visit us to be assessed to see whether they should be removed. We will have your questions regarding wisdom teeth removal answered. Book your appointment now by calling us at (509) 590-1763.