Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. They are called wisdom teeth because they erupt at a more mature age than the rest of your permanent teeth. Unfortunately, these teeth can cause problems for patients that do not have a wide enough ridge. When they come through correctly, wisdom teeth can help you chew tougher foods. When they do not, they can have severe consequences for the rest of your teeth.
Problems Associated With Wisdom Teeth
Caldera Dental Group can help you decide whether or not your child's wisdom teeth should be removed. In most cases, we preemptively remove wisdom teeth to avoid:
If you still have your wisdom teeth, be sure to floss around the tooth, and brush the area thoroughly on a daily basis.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Before the procedure, Dr. Primley will recommend one of three types of anesthesia. We will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. For patients with anxiety, we also offer IV sedation and general anesthesia.
During the procedure, we will make an incision in the gums to expose the wisdom teeth and bone. Next, we will remove any bone that may block access to the tooth. Then, we will divide the tooth into sections, which makes the tooth easier to remove. Once the tooth is removed, we will clean the site of any remaining debris. After the area is clean, we will suture the incisions, and place gauze over the extraction sites.
After the Procedure
If you receive IV sedation or general anesthesia, you are required to have a friend or family member drive you home after the procedure. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Be sure to drink lots of water and avoid hot or carbonated beverages for the first 24 hours. If you smoke, do not do so for at least 24 hours. Tobacco use can delay healing and increase the risk of complications. Do not brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. After that, you can gently rinse using warm salt water. Before you leave our office, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more, call (541) 604-2900 and schedule a consultation appointment.