Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Martin County, FL | Palm Beach County, FL
From Hurting Teeth
Wisdom teeth tend to cause people more problems than any other teeth, and resolving them can be a hassle for patients who believe they have to get a referral from a general dentist before they can be removed. That’s not the case for people in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding cities in Florida! With us, patients can skip the middleman and visit South Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery directly. We can perform the extraction procedure as we have countless times before, stopping annoying pain and preventing other issues from developing down the line.
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Indications for Wisdom Teeth Removal
For a lucky few, the wisdom teeth come in free and clear and don’t cause any issues, but in most cases, the teeth become impacted, or stuck, in the gum line. This can cause pain to develop towards the back of the jaw, put pressure on the surrounding teeth, and even lead to an infection. If you suspect that you or your child are dealing with problems due to the wisdom teeth, we recommend coming to see us right away. We can perform a quick exam and let you know if they need to come out—waiting will only allow the problem to become worse!
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth may become impacted when there is not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt normally. This can lead to issues with overcrowding, as well as damage to the surrounding teeth and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth are also more difficult to clean, and may, therefore, lead to an increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease. For some, impacted wisdom teeth cause no problems whatsoever, but more often require removal to prevent or eliminate other dental issues.
Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal
The specifics of each individual case will be reviewed at your initial consultation. Your wisdom teeth can be removed if you have an active gum infection. Ideally, you should not smoke for at least two weeks before having your wisdom teeth removed. We understand this isn’t always possible, so a general rule is that smoking tends to slow the healing process down.
Wisdom teeth removal quite often requires general or twilight anesthesia. For this reason, you will need to refrain from eating or drinking for around 6 hours before your appointment as well as ensuring you have someone who knows you driving you home after the procedure is completed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
You will be provided local anesthesia or IV sedation. Next, incisions will be made in your gums, allowing your doctor to access the bone that lies over the top of your tooth. This bone will then be removed to expose an impacted tooth or one that has not fully erupted. Typically, the tooth is sectioned and removed, making it possible to eliminate as little bone as possible.
If your wisdom tooth has fully erupted, it may sometimes be extracted just like any other tooth, which normally involves using forceps to loosen it from its socket or the tooth may require being sectioned into multiple pieces as well.
After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
During your recovery period, you should:
- Keep a gauze at the operative site for the first few hours up to 24 hours. Change the pad whenever it becomes fully soaked with blood.
- Use an ice pack on your cheek two or three times each day for 20 minutes at a time.
- Rinse your mouth several times daily with warm saltwater.
- Consume only soft foods, such as gelatin or broth, adding solid foods back in gradually as your mouth begins to heal.
- Brush and floss your teeth as normal but avoid the opening where your wisdom teeth were removed.