Summer break means teens and college students have a little respite before the next school year or semester starts. Now is a great time to see your Kansas City, MO, dentist about wisdom tooth removal. We can remove these third molars before they erupt and lead to serious complications for your smile’s health and appearance. What should our patients expect from this procedure?
Preparing Your Smile
Be sure to schedule a checkup and cleaning this summer. In addition to removing plaque and protecting your smile from tooth decay and gum disease in the process, we will also take digital x-rays to assess your wisdom tooth risk. If we find one or more wisdom teeth poised to erupt, we can discuss extraction to prevent complications. To ensure your comfort, we will administer anesthesia and dental sedation. IV sedation helps you enter the deepest possible state of relaxation, with little to no memory of the procedure. A trained anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure, and take steps to ensure your comfort.
The Extraction Process
We will open the gums and then with forceps gently remove the third molars. We next suture the area closed. As the sedation takes time to wear off, you will need a friend or family member to bring you home. We will offer detailed instructions for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking in the hours and days to follow. We will also schedule visits to monitor your healing process and eventually remove the sutures. For situations in which we remove teeth due to infection, injury, or gum disease, we may place a filling material into the extraction site to preserve the area for future tooth replacement using dental implants.
The Benefits of Summer Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Taking time to do this in the summer means you don’t fall behind in school as you recover from the procedure. Removing these teeth prevents them from causing a partial eruption, known as an impaction, which could lead to infection, pain, and misalignment. We don’t want the overall health and beauty of your smile to suffer due to a preventable issue. If you have any questions about the procedure, then please contact our team today. If you are unsure whether wisdom teeth actually pose a threat to your smile or not, then schedule a checkup in the near future. We’re ready to help you obtain a better understanding of your smile and your oral health, and want to take steps to ensure healthy smiles for years to come.
Do You Have Third Molars in Need of Removal?
If you have wisdom teeth, don’t let them threaten the health and stability of your smile. To learn more about oral surgery or our restorative procedures, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.