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Wisdom tooth extraction is a dental procedure that often involves surgery to remove one or more of your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are molars located at the very back of your mouth, both bottom and top, that do not usually break through the gums until you are in your late teens to early twenties.
There are a few reasons why people have their wisdom teeth removed. If you have impacted wisdom teeth (which means they won’t fully come through the gums), they can result in pain or infection. The other reason to have your wisdom teeth removed is for prevention against any potential future problems such as crowding, cavities, and gum disease. Most patients have far more health benefits to having their wisdom teeth removed than risks for removal. However, this decision is made on a patient by patient basis. Our team of dentists will discuss all the benefits and risks associated with your specific case. We will also provide you with as much information as we can to ensure your aftercare is done properly.
The area where the teeth are to be removed will be frozen before the procedure to keep you comfortable and worry-free. We also offer several levels of sedation if you feel you need it. Be sure to tell us about any medical conditions you may have or any medications you may be on. Make sure you have someone to drive you to an from your appointment and have soups, juices, and treats like popsicles ready at home.
As you heal after the procedure, please take the following into consideration.
We most likely won’t have to see you after your wisdom teeth removal unless you experience any symptoms such as fever, severe pain, puss oozing from the socket, or swelling that worsens after three days. If you are unsure at any time during your healing process please call the office and we will see you right away.
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