Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems for a patient. In some cases, an extraction occurs before the wisdom tooth becomes a problem just to prevent any issues arising from having them later in life. Prior to having wisdom teeth extracted, we at Dental Partners of Boston ensure that our trained dental-team will take the time to answer any questions that you may have and take you through each step of the procedure.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a procedure for the removal of your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually begin developing in patients who are between 17 and 25 years of age. Wisdom teeth are vestigial, which means that they serve little purpose for humans today. Extracting them can protect your other teeth from shifting out of place and preserve your smile.
Wisdom teeth extraction is generally necessary if we observe that a patient’s wisdom teeth are not coming in correctly. If this is the case, wisdom teeth extraction will be recommended. If the wisdom teeth are allowed to come in, the following issues could arise:
A local anesthetic is used prior to the extraction in order to numb the tooth and the surrounding area for the patient. If multiple wisdom teeth are being removed, a general anesthetic might be used instead. Once the procedure begins, the dentist opens up the patient’s gum tissue near the tooth. Once the tissue is separated from the tooth and the bone, the wisdom tooth can then be removed. In some cases, a dentist may cut the tooth into several pieces in order to make the removal easier. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will stitch up the nearby area if necessary. Here are some tips to follow after the procedure is performed:
Wisdom teeth often can cause issues by growing sideways or becoming trapped under the gums. Most patients will need wisdom teeth extracted at some point in their lives. If you require wisdom teeth extraction, you can make an appointment with our Boston office. Dental Partners of Boston is proud to serve the immediate Boston area and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about your dental needs.
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