Many people benefit from a wisdom tooth extraction to maintain the appearance and health of their smile. At Federal Way Dental in Federal Way, Washington, Albert Lim, DMD, David Rubinov, DDS, and the team offer wisdom teeth extractions when you don’t have enough room for them, they’re impacted, or you suffer from an infection. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Your wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually form and start to break through your gums in your late teenage years or early adulthood.
Many people’s mouths aren’t spacious enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth. They may become trapped beneath your gums or embedded in your jawbone (a condition called impaction). Even if they break through, the wisdom teeth can come in at an angle and affect the alignment of your other teeth.
If you have fully emerged wisdom teeth that don’t interfere with chewing or daily dental hygiene, there’s no need to have them removed. Often, however, wisdom teeth are very hard to keep clean and are more susceptible to decay and dental problems.
You need wisdom teeth removal if:
Your provider may recommend a preventive extraction of wisdom teeth. Even if you don’t have an obvious problem with your wisdom teeth, extracting them can stop any infections, crowding, or other issues from developing later on.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they haven’t broken through the gumline, you need a surgical extraction. Exposed wisdom teeth can be removed with simple extraction methods.
With both procedures, your dentist numbs your mouth to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process, and you may also be placed under light intravenous (IV) sedation.
It’s normal to have some bleeding and discomfort following a wisdom tooth extraction. You can use ice packs to ease pain and over-the-counter pain medications to make you more comfortable.
Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully, as these can help you avoid infection or complications, like dry socket. Eat a soft food diet, avoid drinking from a straw, and stick to low-impact activities for several days.
Call Federal Way Dental today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions.