Wisdom Tooth Removal Can Protect Your Smile and Relieve Discomfort

Many patients develop serious oral health concerns because they do not have enough space in their jaw for wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth removal can prevent overcrowding, infection, and other serious conditions that may require expensive restorative care. Dr. John F. Rink is highly knowledgeable about wisdom tooth extraction and can recommend proper treatment for you or your child. After evaluating the position of developing teeth, he can determine if they are causing, or will cause, any dental issues. At our practice in Charleston, SC, we offer comprehensive dental services and strive to provide a comfortable experience for the entire family. 

image of impacted wisdom tooth

Impacted wisdom teeth are blocked by adjacent teeth and do not have enough space to fully erupt.

The Importance of Removing Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of adult molars and generally develop during the late teenage years or early twenties. In many cases, Dr. Rink will recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth removed even if they are not currently problematic, as they have the potential to cause substantial damage.

Oftentimes, wisdom teeth erupt at an improper angle or are impacted, which can cause discomfort and extensive damage to dental roots, adjacent teeth, and the jawbone. In addition, many patients simply do not have enough space in the jaw to accommodate these teeth, which can lead to severe overcrowding. This condition makes it more difficult to brush and floss properly, leaving patients more vulnerable to developing tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth that do not erupt fully are also prone to periodontal disease, because food and bacteria can become trapped in surrounding gum tissue.

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause significant discomfort. Additional symptoms include:

  • Pain near the site of the tooth
  • Headache or jaw ache
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • An unpleasant taste while eating
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Stiffness of the jaw
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck

Patients with impacted, misaligned, or partially erupted wisdom teeth do not always present with symptoms. As such, it is important to visit your dentist even if you do not show signs of concern to determine whether wisdom tooth removal is advisable. Our team can carefully examine your smile and take x-rays of your teeth and jaw to identify the precise location and position of your wisdom teeth. 

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

While we do not provide wisdom tooth removal at our practice, Dr. Rink can oversee treatment and refer you to a highly-qualified oral surgeon. Wisdom tooth extraction is generally performed in under an hour as an outpatient procedure. For teeth that are fully erupted, your dentist will often be able to remove the molar during a simple extraction procedure. Impacted and partially erupted teeth will require minor surgery. For optimal comfort, patients will be given anesthesia and may be provided with sedation depending upon their unique needs.

While, wisdom tooth extraction can seem intimidating, we only recommend treatment when necessary. We refer our patients to reputable surgeons who prioritize your child's comfort and well-being. 

To begin, the oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue to gain access to the tooth and bone. In order to create the least impact on the surrounding tissue, your surgeon may gently divide the tooth into pieces for easier extraction. Once the wisdom teeth have been removed, the surgeon can close the incision with sutures and place gauze over the extraction site to minimize bleeding.

Recovery

After surgery, your oral surgeon can provide you with at-home care instructions to ensure proper healing. Over the next few days you may experience some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. However, most discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. 

Our Commitment to You

While, wisdom tooth extraction can seem intimidating, we only recommend treatment when necessary. We refer our patients to reputable surgeons who prioritize your child's comfort and well-being. At Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, we combine expertise with personalized care to recommend the best treatment for our patients' varying needs. If you believe you or your child are in need of a wisdom tooth removal, schedule an evaluation today online or by phone at (843) 766-1132.

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