CLARK FAMILY DENTISTRY
2727 SW 17th Pl.
Redmond, OR 97756
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. They are called wisdom teeth because they erupt at a more mature age than the rest of your permanent teeth. Unfortunately, these teeth can cause problems for patients that do not have a wide enough ridge. When they come through correctly, wisdom teeth can help you chew tougher foods. When they do not, they can have severe consequences for the rest of your teeth.
Problems Associated With Wisdom Teeth
Clark Family Dental can help you decide whether or not your child’s wisdom teeth should be removed. In most cases, we preemptively remove wisdom teeth to avoid:
If you still have your wisdom teeth, be sure to floss around the tooth, and brush the area thoroughly on a daily basis.
- Impacted teeth — Wisdom teeth typically do not come in like the rest of your teeth. Because they are so far back, they can become trapped or impacted in your jawbone or gums. This condition can be quite painful.
- Improper eruption — Because of their position, they often erupt at the wrong angle. In many cases, they can push against your adjacent teeth and cause misalignments.
- Tooth Crowding — Simply put, many patients do not have a big enough jaw to accommodate a third set of molars. This can lead to crowding issues.
- Cavities and gum disease — Wisdom teeth are often hard to reach with dental floss or a toothbrush. If you cannot properly clean your teeth, cavities and gum disease are inevitable.
- Cysts and tumors — Wisdom teeth, when they become impacted, have been linked to cysts and tumors.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Before the procedure, Dr. Clark will recommend one of three types of anesthesia. We will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. For patients with anxiety, we also offer IV sedation and general anesthesia.
During the procedure, we will make an incision in the gums to expose the wisdom teeth and bone. Next, we will remove any bone that may block access to the tooth. Then, we will divide the tooth into sections, which makes the tooth easier to remove. Once the tooth is removed, we will clean the site of any remaining debris. After the area is clean, we will suture the incisions, and place gauze over the extraction sites.
After the Procedure
If you receive IV sedation or general anesthesia, you are required to have a friend or family member drive you home after the procedure. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Be sure to drink lots of water and avoid hot or carbonated beverages for the first 24 hours. If you smoke, do not do so for at least 24 hours. Tobacco use can delay healing and increase the risk of complications. Do not brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. After that, you can gently rinse using warm salt water. Before you leave our office, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more, call (541) 604-2900, and schedule a consultation appointment.