Wisdom Teeth Removal Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

As they emerge, wisdom teeth can cause pain, nerve damage, and interfere with the alignment of other teeth. For many patients, extraction is often necessary to relieve discomfort and prevent other problems in the future. At Philadelphia Dental in South Philly, the team provides wisdom teeth removal to help patients address or prevent the issues misaligned wisdom teeth cause. To find out if wisdom teeth removal is right for you, call the Philadelphia office or book an appointment online.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that come in at the very back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth typically come in between ages 17 and 25. You do not need wisdom teeth, and removing them will not change your bite, smile, or speech. In fact, wisdom teeth extraction may improve your oral health.

Why do wisdom teeth cause issues?

Wisdom teeth are in the very back of the mouth, making them rather difficult to clean. Along with other issues like impaction or partial eruption, wisdom teeth leave you especially vulnerable to infection and gum disease. More than any other teeth, wisdom teeth are the most likely to give you complications.

When is wisdom teeth removal necessary?

The most common cause of wisdom teeth removal is impaction. Impaction refers to a tooth that doesn’t have enough room to fully erupt. This can cause pain and increase your risk of infection.

Impaction can also cause damage to nearby teeth and bone. When you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it may grow at an angle or grow upward but not enough to make it past the jawbone. Wisdom teeth can be partially or fully impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Trapped food
  • Tooth decay
  • Pain

Wisdom teeth can also cause your teeth to shift, making them crooked. Wisdom teeth extraction often takes place before they cause problems. Preventive extraction is used when a wisdom tooth shows signs of causing pain or other issues in the future. Wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure that can vary in complexity depending on your individual condition.

While you’re under anesthetic, your Philadelphia Dental dentist makes an incision in the gum to access the tooth and bone. Your dentist then removes the tooth and stitches the wound. Gauze is placed to control bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot.

What is the aftercare for wisdom teeth removal?

After your wisdom teeth removal at Philadelphia Dental, it’s normal to experience some pain and bleeding. It’s important to not disrupt your mouth for the first 24 hours after surgery as this can cause you to lose the blood clot that covers the bone near the extraction site. Loss of this blood clot is known as dry-socket, pain caused by the exposed bone. Your dentist discusses the right items to eat and drink to avoid dry socket.

Call the Philadelphia Dental office or book an appointment online to find out if you need wisdom teeth removal.