With August finally here, kids will be returning to school or starting their fall semester of college in just a few weeks. Which means if you or a member of your family needs to have wisdom teeth removed, now is a great time to schedule an extraction with your Kansas City, MO, dentist! Find out why scheduling a time to have these removed could protect a smile’s health and beauty.
The Dangers of Third Molars
For some people, up to four additional molars could erupt in the later teen years or the early 20s. While some may see little to no changes to their smile, many risk the onset of impaction, or painful partial eruption. Misalignment, infection, discomfort, and damaged teeth could also occur as a result of the wisdom teeth. By removing these teeth before they even erupt, we help protect the smile from serious complications, ensuring patients enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile when the new school year starts.
Removing Teeth Safely and Comfortably
We will administer a local anesthetic to the extraction site, and we will also discuss the use of sedation, which helps patients enter a calm, relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure. During the procedure, a trained anesthesiologist will monitor the patient. Our team will open the area above the wisdom teeth and then remove these third molars carefully with forceps. We then close the area and suture it. The effects of the sedation will take time to wear off, so patients may feel groggy and need to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery for 24 hours. A friend or family member should be available to bring you home. We will provide detailed instructions for caring for your smile, ensuring proper healing in the hours and days to come. Follow-up visits will be scheduled to allow us to monitor you throughout this process as well.
Preserving the Extraction Site
Tooth removal isn’t just limited to removing wisdom teeth. We may also remove teeth loosened due to gum disease, or teeth that have developed serious infection or become severely damaged. In these cases, we may take steps to preserve the extraction site, which aids in tooth replacement. With implant dentistry, we can help you enjoy a full and healthy smile with lifelike dental prosthetics. If you have any questions about removing wisdom teeth before school starts, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today!
Do You Have Wisdom Teeth?
If you have third molars poised to erupt, we may prevent complications by removing them completely. To learn more about the extraction process then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.