When people approach their late teens or their early 20s, new teeth could arrive. Third molars, often referred to as wisdom teeth, arrive in the rear of the mouth. For many, these could cause serious troubles with your smile’s health, beauty, and function. In today’s blog, the Sunny Smiles team explains why we recommend removing them completely!
The Impact of Your Impacted Teeth
Up to four additional molars could arrive in the rear of our mouths as we approach adulthood. For many, there could simply be no room for them. As a result, their arrival means misalignment, damaged teeth, dental infection, and painful partial eruption known as impaction. The beauty and function of your smile is changed, and there are negative impacts on your overall oral health. Our team wants to help you avoid these complications by removing your wisdom teeth before they arrive. If you’re heading toward adulthood, or if you have a kid in their late teens, then consider a consultation so we can see if you need to have these additional molars extracted.
Ensuring Your Comfort
Our team will start with detailed digital x-rays, which allow us to identify the position of the teeth and assess the risk to your smile. This technology uses 90% less radiation, and detailed images are available instantly chairside. We use them to plan the procedure in detail. When the time comes of extraction, we will numb the area and also administer dental sedation. You enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. The sedation we recommend will depend on your age, weight, medical history, and anxiety levels. Once we know you’re comfortable, we will move forward with treatment.
Removing Your Wisdom Teeth
Our team will gently open the gums above these teeth so we can access and remove them using a pair of forceps. We then suture the area closed. The procedure could take as little as 30 minutes. The sedation takes time to wear off, so have a friend or family member on hand to bring you home. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions and any necessary medications. We can remove sutures in a follow-up visit. In the day following, be sure you eat soft foods, get plenty of rest, and avoid using straws or prodding the site with your tongue. We want a clot to form as part of the healing process!
TALK TO YOUR DENTIST AT SUNNY SMILES ABOUT EXTRACTING THIRD MOLARS
Our team wants to help you avoid the negative impacts of wisdom tooth eruption. To learn more about how we can safely and gently extract teeth, please contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000.