Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that erupt between the ages of 17 to 25. These teeth were once necessary for the diet of early humans. However, as we evolved after the advent of cooking, we no longer needed these extra teeth and our jaws shrunk.
The consequence of this is that while our diets no longer require wisdom teeth functionally and our jaws are often too small to accommodate them, these teeth still emerge. While these teeth may fully erupt without any problems, most people don’t have enough jaw space for the teeth to erupt properly.
This results in impaction or teeth erupting at an angle. Impacted teeth occur when the tooth hasn’t fully erupted from the gums and is stuck in the gum tissue. This can cause a lot of discomfort and oral health problems because the teeth run out of room and may start pressing into your gums causing inflammation or infection.
A lack of space can also cause overcrowding which causes orthodontic problems or damage to surrounding teeth. The solution to this problem is to have these wisdom teeth removed. Contact us at Washington Dental Studio your tooth extraction consultation.
It takes 1 to 3 months to fully heal from a surgical extraction.
Dr. Shah will take x-rays to get a good look at how your wisdom teeth are positioned in the jaw. This will help him determine if they need to be removed.
We always administer local anesthesia before making any incisions. This numbs your mouth so that the procedure is painless. We also offer dental sedation to relieve dental anxiety and discomfort.
An incision will be made into the gums to reveal the underlying tooth. This occurs when additional bone blocks access to the wisdom tooth.
Your wisdom tooth will be cut into many small fragments for easier removal.
Using the same process as a basic extraction, we loosen the tooth with a dental elevator and use forceps to remove it. The socket is thoroughly cleaned and left-over tooth or bone fragments are removed.
After repositioning the gums, we will suture them shut. Dissolvable sutures will dissolve within about a week. For non-dissolving sutures, you will return in about a week to have them removed.
Wisdom teeth can often be difficult to clean, which can lead to tooth decay or infection. Removing them can prevent further dental problems.
Wisdom teeth can push other teeth around, causing them to shift and become misaligned. Removing them can prevent damage to nearby teeth.
Wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort as they grow in, and can even lead to headaches and earaches. Removing them can alleviate or lessen this pain.
If your wisdom teeth are causing infection or decay, they can contribute to bad breath. Removing them can help solve this issue.
Removing wisdom teeth can also reduce crowding and lead to fewer orthodontic problems down the line.
At Washington Dental Studio in Naperville, Dr. Rohan Shah is committed to providing the highest quality care for your dental needs, including wisdom teeth extraction. If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, don't hesitate to reach out to us.
No, not at all! Since we use a combination of anesthetic and dental sedation, wisdom tooth removal is completely painless. We offer multiple sedation options ranging from mild sedation with nitrous oxide or a deeper sedative like oral conscious sedation.
Sedatives melt away negative emotions like stress and anxiety. If you’re terrified of needles or don’t want to be aware of what’s happening, we highly recommend sedation.
The best part is once the appointment is over, you won’t remember it! Sedation has an amnesiac effect on patients. Some patients even feel so relaxed while they’re sedated for the procedure that they fall asleep.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental procedure that many people undergo during their late teenage years or early adulthood. If you have an upcoming wisdom teeth extraction appointment at Washington Dental Studio in Naperville, you may be wondering how long you should stay home after the procedure.
Dr. Rohan Shah will typically recommend taking at least a day or two off from work or school after wisdom teeth extraction. This should allow your body to properly rest and recover from the procedure. After that, you should take it easy for a few more days, avoiding strenuous physical activity or anything that could disrupt the healing process.
One common concern after wisdom teeth extraction is the possibility of developing a dry socket. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms around the site of extraction is dislodged or dissolves before the wound has healed. This can leave the bone and nerves exposed, leading to pain and delays in the healing process.
While Dry Socket can happen, it's relatively rare. What’s more, Dr. Rohan Shah will be sure to take steps during the extraction procedure to minimize the risk of developing a dry socket, such as placing a protective dressing over the extraction site. However, if you're worried about Dry Sockets, you can stop worrying after 7 to 10 days, which is generally how long most wisdom teeth extractions take to heal.
Wisdom teeth are the only teeth that don’t need to be replaced after removal