The wisdom teeth are third molars that are located in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always appear, but if these so-called wisdom teeth do erupt, it’s usually between ages 15 and the early 20s (or the time when people are thought to have gained wisdom). However, 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 Orange Park, Dr. Natasha Patel will perform the procedure from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office. Contact Kind Care Dentistry today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.
When there is not enough room for the third molars to emerge through the gums, the third molars become partially or fully trapped with the jaw. This is called impaction. 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:
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:
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 Kind Care Dentistry, the procedure for wisdom teeth removal is performed under local anesthesia and sedation as desired for your total comfort.
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. Also, be sure to take all medications as prescribed by your doctor. With proper care, you should notice your symptoms improving every day. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Patel if pain, swelling, or bleeding worsen or do not improve after a few days.