For teens and people just starting adulthood, wisdom teeth can pose a serious risk, impacting everything from your smile’s health to overall appearance. In order to prevent these complications, your Kansas City, MO, dentist can actually remove them with a safe and comfortable dental extraction. Find out more in today’s blog, and be sure to schedule one before the holiday season!
The Dangers of Third Molars
Your third molars tend to erupt in our late teen years or early 20s. This could mean up to four additional teeth, forcing 32 teeth in space evolved over the millennia to hold 28. For some, this means painful partial eruption, known as impaction, as well as a greater risk of damaged teeth, infection, and misalignment. In order to avoid these complications and protect your smile’s health and appearance, our team may suggest removing them prior to eruption.
The Extraction Process
We will administer a local anesthetic and also provide dental sedation, which helps you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. Throughout the process, your vitals will be monitored by an anesthesiologist. The dentist will open the area above the teeth and then gently remove them with forceps. We then suture the extraction site closed. The process is quick and we will take steps to ensure you remain comfortable throughout.
The sedation’s effects will take time to wear off, so you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to bring you home afterward. We will send you home with a prescription for antibiotics and pain medication. For the first couple of days, you will need to avoid strenuous activity, and eat soft foods. Avoid using a straw and don’t prod the sutured area with your tongue. We will schedule follow-up visits to monitor the healing process and eventually remove the sutures. In addition to addressing wisdom teeth, we may use an extraction to make room to comfortably reposition surrounding teeth, address a severely damaged or infected tooth, or to remove a tooth loosened as a result of advanced gum disease. If you have any questions about removing wisdom teeth, or if you would like to schedule a visit before the holidays, then please let us know right away!
Do You Have Questions About Dental Extraction?
Our team can offer oral surgery to address wisdom teeth and other serious oral health concerns. Be sure to let us know if you need treatment before the holidays, so you can start 2020 with a healthier smile. To learn more about our approach to dental extraction, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.