Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Jacksonville
The wisdom teeth are third molars in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always appear, but if these so-called wisdom teeth do erupt it is usually between ages 15 and the early 20s (or the time when people are thought to have gained wisdom). The third molars can become impacted and infected when there is not enough room for them to fully erupt. If you require the extraction of your wisdom teeth in Jacksonville, Dr. Patel performs the procedure from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office.
What Is an Impacted Tooth?
When there is not enough room for the third molars to emerge through the gums, the third molars become impacted. It is difficult to chew with and clean impacted wisdom teeth. Discomfort and infection are likely to occur as a result.
There are different types of tooth impactions. They include…
- Soft tissue impaction: When the tooth has erupted from the bone but not through the gums. This type of impaction causes difficulty cleaning, accelerating infection. The surrounding teeth may become crowded, too.
- Partial bony impaction: There is enough room for the tooth to erupt, but it only partially emerges from the bone. Cleaning and chewing are difficult.
- Complete bony impaction: There is no room at all for the tooth to erupt, and it remains buried beneath the gum line. Discomfort, infection, and crowding of the surrounding teeth may occur as a result.
Wisdom teeth extraction is necessary to reduce the risk of infection and protect the surrounding teeth. It is a good idea for teenagers to have their teeth evaluated with a panoramic x-ray to determine whether or not wisdom teeth are present beneath the gum line.
Watch out for the following signs of a problematic wisdom tooth.
- Pain or stiffness at the back of the jaw
- A blister or sore spot at the site of the impacted tooth
- Soreness or crowding of the surrounding teeth
What to Expect From Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The procedure for removing wisdom teeth varies based on the type of impaction and how many teeth need taking out. Extractions can be simple or surgical. A simple extraction occurs when the tooth can be removed in a single piece with forceps. Most wisdom teeth extractions are surgical, meaning the oral surgeon creates a small incision to remove the tooth in one, two, or several pieces. Surgical extractions are more complex and have a longer recovery time than simple extractions.
At Dental Center of Jacksonville, the procedure for wisdom teeth removal is performed under local anesthesia and sedation as desired for your total comfort.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Aftercare
Take it easy for the first couple of days following your wisdom tooth extraction. Maintain a soft foods diet and use ice packs for the first 48 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort. Stay hydrated with warm soups and beverages and take all medications as prescribed by your doctor. With proper care, you should notice your symptoms improving every day. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor if pain, swelling, or bleeding worsen or do not improve after a few days.
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