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Solving Your Wisdom Tooth Concerns

February 3, 2020

What do you know about wisdom teeth? These third set of molars could pose a serious risk for your smile’s health and beauty, leading to everything from misalignment to infection and discomfort. In order to prevent these problems, your Kansas City, MO, dentist may perform a safe and comfortable oral surgical procedure known as a tooth extraction. What should you expect from this procedure and when should you see our team?

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Should I Be Worried About Wisdom Teeth?

Yes! If you’re a teen entering your 20s, or a parent with a young adult, you should be aware of the possible dangers posed by wisdom teeth. As we enter our adult years, up to four new teeth could erupt in the rear of the mouth. These molars could cause serious problems. For example, if they can only partially erupt, this means a partial impaction. In addition, the arrival of these teeth could herald the onset of misalignment, as well as infection or even damaged teeth. By removing them completely, we help you avoid the onset of these major oral health complications.

How Do You Remove Them?

First, we want to make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed, which means our team will take steps, including administering a local anesthetic and even discussing dental sedation. The area of the gums above the teeth will be opened, so we can access and remove the teeth before they even trusted the smile. We then suture the area closed and you return home. The entire process only takes one short visit to complete!

What Happens Next?

Once you’re at home, you will begin taking the antibiotics likely prescribed, and also avoiding strenuous activity or heavy meals for the first day or two. Try not to prod the extraction site with your tongue and avoid straws when drinking. During a follow-up visit, we will remove the sutures and make sure everything is healing as it should. Now, if you need to have a tooth removed other than a wisdom tooth, such as one severely infected or damaged, then you will have an unsightly gap in your smile. With implant dentistry or a dental bridge, we can offer a lifelike replacement option to return your smile to optimal heath and function. If you have any equations about addressing tooth loss or about preventing wisdom tooth impaction, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?

Our team can help you enjoy optimal oral health with a safe and comfortable dental extraction. We also have tooth replacement options to help ensure a full smile. To learn more about extracting these teeth and improving oral health, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.