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The Importance of Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Your wisdom teeth or third molars are located in the back of your mouth in the upper and lower corners. They usually appear in your late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth are not necessary for normal function or oral health, and 85 percent of them eventually require dental extraction due to their tendency to cause tooth crowding and other problems. When they are impacted inside your jaw and cannot erupt normally, the best solution for wisdom teeth is usually surgical extraction performed by a dentist or oral surgeon.

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  • Gum inflammation marked by red, tender, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Jaw swelling
  • Bad breath or unpleasant taste
  • Head or jaw pain
  • Difficulty fully opening your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck

Surgical Extraction Options

When your wisdom teeth cause symptoms, your dentist or oral surgeon can usually remove them in an outpatient procedure. If infection is present, the surgery may be delayed while you complete a course of antibiotics. To extract a wisdom tooth, your dentist makes an incision in your gums and removes any bone that is blocking the impacted tooth. The tooth itself is then removed. Afterward, the incision is closed with stitches.

What to Expect After a Dental Extraction

After your surgery, you’ll be sent home with a set of after-care instructions to help manage pain and swelling. Serious complications are rare but may include the following. Contact your doctor or dentist immediately if unusual symptoms develop.

  • Infection of teeth or gums caused by trapped food or bacteria
  • Dry socket or exposed bone
  • Damage to sinus cavity near upper wisdom tooth site
  • Weakened jawbone
  • Loss of sensation or nerve pain in lower lips, tongue, or chin

Risks of Not Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth

In general, it’s easier to remove wisdom teeth before the age of 30 due to increased bone flexibility. Risks of not removing impacted teeth include cyst development, infection, mouth discomfort, tooth misalignment, and dental hygiene difficulties. The wisdom tooth extraction cost and anesthesia methods vary based on the complexity of the case; talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about your options.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Toco Hills today at (404) 410-7841 or make an appointment.

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