For teens approaching adulthood, the arrival of the wisdom teeth could mean serious complications, such as misalignment and severe discomfort. With summer break here, now is a great time for teens and young adults to have their wisdom teeth removed, which helps ensure a healthier smile. Let’s talk about how we address wisdom teeth for our Kansas City, MO, residents.
The Dangers of Wisdom Teeth
Their arrival means up to four additional teeth erupting in the rear of the mouth. For some people, this can happen with little to no complications, others may not have any erupt at all. But for most teens and adults, the teeth could only partially erupt, causing a painful impaction that leads to infection, damaged teeth, and serious discomfort. Misalignment could also develop, which not only leads to negative changes to your smile’s appearance, but also increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. By extracting these teeth before they erupt, we can help our patients avoid serious problems with their smile’s heath and appearance.
Ensuring Your Comfort
We always take the comfort of our patients into account, especially when performing oral surgery. We will administer local anesthesia and also dental sedation. With IV sedation, we help patients enter a very deep state of relaxation. We will monitor their heartrate throughout the procedure. Once the procedure is over, the sedation will take time to wear off, so you should arrange or a friend or family member to bring you home.
Extraction and Recovery
After we administer the sedation, we will open the jaw where the teeth reside and then remove them gently with forceps. Next, we suture the area closed. Detailed aftercare instructions will help ensure a healing process without complication, offering tips on what and what not to eat and drink, and how to brush and floss in the hours and days following the procedure. Of course, we will also schedule a follow-up visit to remove the sutures and monitor the healing process. For non-wisdom tooth related tooth removal, we will often preserve the extraction site with a special filling material, a process that makes replacing the tooth with a dental implant or prosthetic much easier. If you have any questions about extracting wisdom teeth, or about our approach to oral surgery and sedation, then please contact our team today.
Do You Need Third Molar Extraction?
Removing your third molars with oral surgery helps ensure a healthier and more comfortable smile for years to come. We’re ready to offer a comfortable oral surgical procedure, helping people enjoy optimal oral health as they enter adulthood. To learn more about our approach to oral surgery, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.