Wisdom Teeth Removal

Throughout life, your smile goes through many changes, and one major dental milestone occurs during the late teens to early adulthood: the emergence of the third molars (wisdom teeth).

Wisdom teeth can help people chew and break down food when they come in healthy. However, when wisdom teeth lack space to grow, they can cause many health issues. At a wisdom tooth consultation at Babcock Family Dental, Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani can let you know if your wisdom teeth are causing problems (or will in the future).

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear, and they schedule their arrival at a time when people already have a complete set of teeth.

While it’s possible to have healthy wisdom teeth (or for them never to emerge at all), many people develop complications when the third molar does not have enough room to erupt. This phenomenon is known as impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth might erupt partially or not at all, leading to major dental health issues.

Reasons Behind Wisdom Teeth Removal

Some dentists suggest early wisdom teeth extraction as a preventive measure. Theoretically, it can be sensible to remove third molars before problems arise. Infamously, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to:
  • Discomfort
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tooth decay
  • Damage to the neighboring teeth and supporting bone
  • Misalignment

Furthermore, Dr. Keshwani might suggest surgery right away if you’re experiencing the following wisdom teeth symptoms:

  • Partially emerged wisdom teeth
  • Wisdom teeth that are trapped entirely under the gums
  • Crowding in the back of the mouth
  • Wisdom teeth pain

What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Are you worried about wisdom teeth surgery? If so, there’s no need to fret because wisdom teeth removal is a relatively simple and standard procedure. Here’s what you can expect from Dr. Keshwani during wisdom teeth surgery:

  •  Step 1: Before anything else, our Babcock Family Dental team ensures that the patient is comfortable during wisdom teeth surgery. Typically, Dr. Keshwani offers local anesthesia to numb the surgical site and conscious sedation to help the patient feel more at ease.
  • Step 2: When the patient is relaxed and numb, our dentist makes an incision in the gingival tissue to increase access to the wisdom tooth.
  • Step 3: Then, she removes any bone that might block the third molar, the tooth itself, and debris.
  • Step 4: After cleaning the surgical site, Dr. Keshwani dresses and sutures it to ensure proper healing.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

After wisdom teeth surgery, Dr. Keshwani gives carefully curated after-care instructions for patients and might include instructions on managing the following aspects of wisdom teeth recovery:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Diet
  • Pain management
  • Preventing dry sockets

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If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you should call our office for an emergency tooth extraction:

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Fever
  • Excessive bleeding in the back of the mouth
  • Severe discomfort that can’t be relived with over-the-counter drugs
  • Persistent loss of feeling
  • A bad taste in the mouth

For more information about wisdom teeth removal cost, wisdom tooth pain, or anything else regarding third molars, call Babcock Family Dental at 210-732-3333 or send a short message online.