When people enter their late teens and early 20s, they could have several new teeth erupt in the rear of their mouth. These third molars, known as wisdom teeth, can lead to misalignment, infection, and even damaged teeth. At our Exeter, PA oral surgery and dental implant center, we can protect your smile by carefully and gently extracting your wisdom teeth.
The Eruption and Dangers of Wisdom Teeth
In most cases, there simply isn’t enough room in your mouth to accommodate up to four new molars. When they erupt, this could cause a painful partial eruption known as an impaction. The pressure on neighboring teeth could damage enamel and increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infection. Misalignment could also develop, which not only alters the appearance of your smile, but increases the risk of everything from cavities and gum disease to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Essentially, you could be looking at a host of negative changes for your oral health, smile beauty, and bite function.
Preparing Your Smile
Our team will begin with a detailed examination, using digital x-rays to gather images of the smile from multiple angles, so we can identify the position of the wisdom teeth and the potential risk they pose for your smile. Our team can then plan the extraction process in detail, so we avoid blood vessels, nerve tissues, and sinus cavities. We also want to ensure the procedure is a comfortable one, and that you have a positive experience at our office. In addition to a local anesthetic near the area where we’re extracting the teeth in questions, we can also discuss sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed states, especially if you have dental anxiety.
The Extraction Process
Once you’re comfortable and relaxed, our team will then open the gums above the teeth and then gently extract these molars from your smile. We then suture the area closed and once your sedation wears off, you can return home. You may need a friend or family member to bring you home. We provide instructions for aftercare and prescribe or any necessary medications to aid in the healing process. The procedure then protects and preserves your smile.
If you have any questions about how we extract wisdom teeth, or if you or a family member is reaching the age where they could potentially erupt, then reach out today. We want to help protect the health, function, and beauty of your smile.
Talk To Jackson Oral Surgery About Tooth Extraction
To find out more about protecting smiles by extracting wisdom teeth before they erupt, you can contact Berks Oral Surgery by calling (610) 374-4093. We have offices in Wyomissing, Exeter, Hamburg, and Ephrata, PA.