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Wisdom Teeth Extraction Near Wellington, FL

Stop Your Tooth Pain with Safe Tooth Removal

Out of all the teeth in your smile, wisdom teeth tend to be the most problematic. If you received a referral to our office from your general dentist, it’s because your dentist wanted to make sure you were in the most capable hands possible for your care. Of course, you don’t need a referral if you don’t have one from a dentist. South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is happy to perform a wisdom teeth extraction near Wellington, so you can skip the middleman altogether if you’d prefer. Our oral surgeons have years of experiencing performing countless tooth removals, both for wisdom teeth and other teeth, so you can stop your irritating discomfort and avoid other oral health issues later in life.

Why Choose South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

  • Serves Teens and Adults Care
  • Our Office is On-Call 24/7
  • Helps You Maximize Dental Insurance Benefits

How to Know if You Need Treatment

It is rare, but there are instances where wisdom teeth erupt without any problems whatsoever. However, most wisdom teeth that erupt become stuck underneath existing teeth and gum tissue (or impacted), which typically leads to major discomfort in the back of the jaw and pressure to nearby teeth. In severe cases, it can even lead to an oral infection. If you or a family member is dealing with issues related to wisdom teeth, come see us as soon as you can. From there, we can examine your smile and confirm if wisdom teeth removal is necessary. Remember, waiting only allows your dental issue to get worse!

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When there is not enough room to accommodate them, wisdom teeth can become impacted inside the mouth. While this can lead to common issues like overcrowding of nearby teeth, it can also damage your existing teeth and bone. Furthermore, when teeth become impacted, they are much more difficult to keep clean, which puts you at higher risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease. However, there are some rare cases where impacted teeth do not cause decay and instead must be removed to avoid other dental issues.

How to Prepare for Your Appointment

X-ray of a person with an impacted wisdom tooth.

During your initial consultation, we’ll be able to review your unique case and create a treatment plan from there. For example, we’ll confirm if any other conditions need to be addressed first (i.e. gum disease) before we perform an extraction. Furthermore, you will need to avoid using tobacco in all forms following your treatment. While this is not always possible, we strongly recommend it as tobacco negatively affects the healing process substantially.

Prior to your treatment, we will administer general or twilight anesthesia. This is why you will need to avoid eating or drinking for about six hours before your appointment begins. You will also need a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure is completed.

What Does the Treatment Entail?

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Once you arrive, you will be provided with local anesthesia or IV sedation. Then, a small incision will be made in your gum tissue. This gives the oral surgeon access to the underlying bone that sits on the top portion of your tooth. This bone is removed so the impacted tooth or tooth that is not fully erupted is exposed. In most cases, the tooth needs to be sectioned and removed, ensuring we eliminate as little bone as physically possible.

In the case of a fully erupted wisdom tooth, we may extract it as if it were any other tooth in your smile. This means using a pair of forceps to loosen the tooth from its socket or sectioning it off into multiple pieces as well, which is a common practice for teeth of all types.

What Comes After the Tooth is Removed?

A woman prepared for a wisdom teeth extraction near Wellington.

As you begin your recovery from your wisdom teeth extraction, you’ll need to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure a comfortable and effective healing process.

  • Keep the gauze pad on the healing socket for the first few hours and keep it there for up to 24 hours. If the pad becomes soaked with blood, replace it.
  • Two to three times a day, apply a cold compress to your cheek for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Several times a day, make sure to rinse your mouth out with salt water to sanitize the treatment area.
  • Keep to a diet of soft foods. This may include gelatin, broth, mashed potatoes, smoothies, and other foods that do not require much chewing.
  • Stick to your normal routine of brushing and flossing but avoid touching the treatment area.