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Wisdom Tooth Extraction—Royal Palm Beach, FL

Safe & Painless Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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For most people, their wisdom teeth start to come in around the ages of 17-25, and they tend to bring nothing but trouble with them. That’s why they are the most commonly extracted teeth by far. Fortunately for our patients, our team of highly-trained oral surgeons has helped thousands of teens and adults get this treatment in the most comfortable and convenient way possible. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a referral from your general dentist to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon! If you or your child are starting to experience problems associated with the wisdom teeth, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to provide a wisdom tooth extraction in Royal Palm Beach.

WHY CHOOSE SOUTH FLORIDA ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY FOR WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS?

  • We’re on Call 24/7!
  • Conveniently Located Right in Royal Palm Beach
  • Four Expert Oral Surgeons Under One Roof

Why the Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed

The wisdom teeth are the very last to come in, and they are an extra set of molars that were very useful for our cavemen ancestors given their high rates of tooth loss, but today, most people simply don’t have enough room for them in their mouths. As a result, they can press on the other teeth and lead to a wide variety of unpleasant symptoms:

  • A persistent ache towards the back of the mouth
  • Pressure felt on the back teeth
  • Nearby teeth being pushed out of place, which misaligns the bite
  • Creates a flap in the gums that traps food particles and bacteria
  • Oral pain and fever, which could indicate an infection

If any of these sound familiar, then you should definitely contact us for a consultation right away. Waiting will only allow these and other symptoms to become worse, and acting fast will enable our team to provide more conservative, less-invasive care.

How Does a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Work?

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In rare cases, the wisdom teeth are able to come in basically like a regular tooth, and while they might still cause pain, this means we can extract them like normal teeth. This involves numbing a patient’s mouth and gently rocking the tooth back and forth until it slips out.

But, most of the time, we have to extract the wisdom teeth while they are still within the gums, calling for a minor surgery. After administering local anesthetic or IV sedation, we make a small incision in the gum tissue over a tooth, and then remove any bone that is still encapsulating it. We then take the tooth out in small pieces because this allows us to use smaller incisions and create less trauma for oral tissues, which leads to less pain afterward.

What to Expect Before & After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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Before a wisdom tooth extraction, we ask that patient fast for about 6 hours beforehand, and we also recommend stocking up on soft foods and making any necessary arrangements for child care/time off of work so that someone’s recovery can be as stress-free as possible.

After the procedure, a patient must take the rest of the day off so that blood clots can form in the mouth. These are essential for the healing process. To help with this, we ask that a patient refrain from spitting, using a straw, or smoking for the first few days. Initially, a patient will need to stick to a soft food diet and gradually introduce harder to chew foods as they heal. Thanks to our team’s expertise and the prescribed medication, the recovery process is relatively painless and typically takes about a week.

Wisdom Teeth FAQs

When you have oral pain, it’s likely that your main concern is to stop the discomfort as soon as possible. However, we also understand if you have questions about wisdom tooth removal and what you should expect. Maybe you don’t understand why we may recommend an extraction in the first place? Either way, it’s our goal at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to make you feel comfortable and confident in your procedure. Below, you’ll find a few of the most common questions we receive as well as our detailed responses for your convenience.

Why do I have wisdom teeth anyway?

Wisdom teeth are technically your third set of molars located at the very back area of your mouth. Everyone is different, and in some cases they erupt, while in others they may not erupt at all. In rare cases, the mouth is able to provide space for them, but this is not often the case. Many people don’t realize that our ancient ancestors did in fact have a use for them. Back then, their coarse diet would cause their other molars to fall out, giving the third molars a chance to act as their backup teeth. They also didn’t have the oral hygiene standards that we do today. As a result, wisdom teeth are now unnecessary and typically cause more harm.

Why do oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extractions?

Since wisdom teeth are more likely to cause harm to your oral health and alignment of your teeth, oral surgeons make sure to closely examine them for potential issues. There are many instances where they may recommend extraction, even if they are not currently causing any problems. For example, wisdom teeth can lead to overcrowding, which can cause an uneven bite. If the wisdom teeth do not erupt straight like primary teeth do, it can also cause misalignment. In more severe cases, impaction (which is when a tooth becomes trapped underneath gum tissue) can lead to an oral infection. Sinus infections, cysts, and tumors are also a more likely possibility when wisdom teeth aren’t removed.

How do I know if I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

During your initial consultation, we’ll examine your wisdom teeth and provide a recommendation from there. It’s not uncommon for problematic wisdom teeth to show no symptoms at all. However, if you do experience any of the following, please call our office right away:

  • Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
  • Persistent throbbing or aching in the back of the mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Ear, neck or head discomfort
  • Difficulty fully opening the mouth or speaking
  • Teeth shifting out of alignment
  • Foods getting trapped around your wisdom teeth often

How do I take care of myself after treatment?

After your extraction, you’ll be asked to take medications as prescribed or directed by one of our surgeons, use ice packs to reduce swelling, keep to a liquid diet, and practice oral hygiene (while avoiding the treatment area. Once three to four days have passed since your surgery, you should start to feel better. We recommend postoperative visits about a week or so after your surgery. If you experience severe throbbing pain or pain does not feel relieved after taking medications, call our office right away.

Call Us Today

Is it time for you or your child’s wisdom teeth to come out? If so, give us a call today. We look forward to surprising you with how easy the process is when you partner with South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery!