The Value of Visiting a Specialist
By O.D. Bluth, DDS
Extracting wisdom teeth can be a complex procedure, but by choosing a professional who specializes in their removal, you enjoy the benefit of a great deal of experience.
Frequently, the wisdom teeth are trapped below the gums, creating a space where bacteria can grow and cause pain, infection and tooth decay. Commonly, the wisdom teeth are removed to avoid more serious problems later. During your regualr checkups, your dentist will advise you about the need and timing of your wisdom teeth removal. Pain and inflammation may be other clues, along with partially visible wisdom teeth and crowded, overlapping front teeth.
Wisdom teeth are typically removed during the early- or mid-teen years. The older one gets, the more potential for problems and complication. Using local and/or general anesthetics, first the gum tissue is incised and the wisdom teeth extracted. The extraction sites are usually closed with stitches for rapid healing.
Usually the first six to eight hours after extraction are the most difficult. Swelling and pain may continue for a few days, however, but ice packs and pain medication help to limit the discomfort.