Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always need to be removed, but they can cause problems if they are not growing in properly. We provide advanced state-of-the-art oral surgery and wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
in Scottsbluff, NE
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to emerge, typically between ages 17 to 25. They are commonly know for leading to oral health problems. We can visually inspect erupted wisdom teeth or utilize X-rays to determine if their removal is necessary.
Wisdom teeth removal is considered a category of oral surgery and they can be removed by your dentist. The procedure can also be done in-house at Platte Valley Dental Group. Wisdom teeth removal usually requires a general anesthetic, especially if you are having more than one wisdom tooth pulled at the same time.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need removed?
While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed. These signs include:
- Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which an result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
- Changing bite alignment—wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, this can cause a change in your bit alignment.
- Crowding or damage to existing teeth caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
- Emerging only partially—if your wisdom teeth are only partially emerged through the gums it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age, before the roots and bone are fully formed and when recovery is faster.
How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?
As wisdom teeth grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gum line, they may become inflamed or bleed. This can cause headaches or tooth pain. Here are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:
- Rinse with saltwater
- Use peppermint essential oils or clover oil to soothe pain
- Take aspirin or an over the counter pain reliever
- Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
When a wisdom tooth lacks sufficient space for typical emergence, it becomes an impacted wisdom tooth. Impaction levels vary based on the tooth’s positioning within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction arises when the tooth’s crown breaks through the bone but remains partly covered by the gum. Partially bony impaction takes place when the tooth partially erupts but a segment remains submerged within the jawbone. Complete bony impaction is when the tooth is entirely surrounded by jawbone.
More Questions About
Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If you have more questions about wisdom teeth removal, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.