Wisdom teeth are one of the final developments in your mouth. Unlike other teeth, they emerge between the ages of 17 and 21. When wisdom teeth develop correctly, they can aid in chewing. However, it’s common for wisdom teeth to cause overcrowding or become impacted and painful. If your wisdom teeth are giving you trouble, the skilled providers at Tyson's Dental Design Center can help determine if extraction is necessary for your oral health. Call the office in Vienna, Virginia, or request an appointment online today.
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the final teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, on the top and bottom of both sides. They’re called wisdom teeth because, like wisdom, they come with age. The team at Tyson's Dental Design Center will monitor their development during your normal dental checkups to ensure that they’re in the right position and have adequate space to grow.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common procedure, and there are many reasons why your provider might recommend it for you. Reasons to remove your wisdom teeth include:
If you’re experiencing pain as your wisdom teeth develop, it’s important to visit your dentist right away. Even if you’re feeling little or no discomfort, your provider at Tyson's Dental Design Center might recommend removing them to avoid any damage that could occur if they emerge at the wrong angle.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in-office. Your provider at Tyson's Dental Design Center will give you several options for anesthesia so you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
After you’re sedated, your provider makes an incision in the gum tissue near the tooth. Then, they remove any bone that obstructs the tooth’s root. Your provider then breaks the tooth into smaller pieces, so it’s easier to remove and then cleans the spot to ensure that there are no bone fragments at the site. After, they stitch the area and apply gauze to stop the bleeding.
After the procedure, you’ll need some recovery time. Your provider will give you aftercare instructions that, if followed correctly, will minimize the time it takes for your mouth to heal. You won’t need to come back to have the stitches removed, but you will need to monitor yourself for signs infection and of improper healing. Should you encounter any complications, you should contact Tyson's Dental Design Center immediately.
If you’re feeling the discomfort that comes with emerging wisdom teeth, you’ll want to monitor it with help from the professionals at Tyson's Dental Design Center. Call the office or request an appointment online today to have your wisdom teeth examined.