Dental Treatment Options for Your Wisdom Teeth
Cody Dental Group has been providing patients with high-quality dental care since 1946. Our expertise encompasses a broad range of treatment options, from dental cleanings and other general dentistry to more extensive restorative and cosmetic care. Many patients experience problems with the eruption of their wisdom teeth and need professional help to resolve their often painful and destructive conditions. The teeth might be impacted or colliding with the surrounding molars, causing pain and damage that only an extraction can fix. If you have wisdom teeth causing you anguish in Denver, CO, we offer wisdom teeth removal surgery to relieve discomfort and prevent them from ruining your smile.
What Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?
Wisdom teeth are your third molars and the last set of permanent teeth. They are the least needed teeth, and when they erupt, they can put your oral health at risk. Your dental welfare is endangered when wisdom teeth erupt, but your jaw is too small to hold them, which damages your bite and forces other teeth out of alignment. Another damaging situation is when the teeth do not erupt and crowd your other teeth’ roots. This scenario also forces your teeth out of alignment and causes damage to your bite. Dental professionals perform wisdom teeth removal surgery by pulling the erupted problematic teeth (standard extraction) or entering the gums and extracting unerupted ones (impacted tooth extraction).
Overview of the General Extraction Procedure
The procedure comes in two forms and depends on whether your wisdom teeth have erupted or if they are impacted. We apply anesthesia during a standard extraction and then insert special tools between your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. By moving your tooth back and forth in its socket, it separates from the ligaments holding it in place.
When a tooth is impacted, the surgeon carefully exposes it, studies the X-rays and 3D scans, then determines how to best remove it. This is a surgery and specialists are generally consulted. Usually, for impacted tooth extractions, sedation and anesthesia are required.
Who Is Eligible for Wisdom Tooth Surgery?
Wisdom teeth typically grow in during a person’s teenage or young adult years, and most people run into problems requiring extraction to preserve their oral health. Cody Dental Group’s expert team keeps an eye on your teeth during regular visits and will inform you when your wisdom teeth pose a risk to your smile. There are many indicators you have problematic wisdom teeth when they start growing in. If you experience any of these signs, we advise you to let us know as soon as possible. We can examine your mouth and get you scheduled for removal. Some of the most common signs your wisdom teeth need extraction include the following:
- Painful, Swollen Gums
- Oral or Wisdom Tooth Pain
- Damaged or Crowded Surrounding Teeth
Reasons to Get Wisdom Teeth Removal
Cody Dental Group always has your best interests at heart with all our services, especially when they affect your oral and overall health. Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can cause severe damage to surrounding teeth and inflict significant pain on a patient. Infections cause further discomfort and can potentially damage your jawbone and spread to other tissue. Even correctly aligned wisdom teeth can be painful and destructive if your jawbone is not large enough to accommodate them. Removing your wisdom teeth is the only treatment option to resolve all these issues and prevent them from affecting your oral health and your smile. We keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure using anesthetics, and sedation is available whenever an extraction calls for it.
General Post-Surgery Instructions & Information
Most patients need to rest for the next few days following wisdom teeth removal. Minor bleeding and pain are to be expected after we finish the procedure. If you exercise after the removal and get lightheaded, be sure to stop your physical activity. Be sure to follow our instructions closely to maximize your comfort and expedite healing. Most cases only require three to five days to get you back to your regular life. You can expect bleeding, swelling, and discomfort for a short time, and you may need to make dietary and oral hygiene changes. Avoid eating or drinking (especially from a straw) for an hour following your procedure to prevent nausea and surgical site damage, and we encourage eating soft foods and chewing away from the extraction sites. Do not rinse your mouth within 24 hours after surgery. After that initial 24 hours, we recommend rinsing five or six times daily. Be sure to brush your teeth 24 hours after surgery.
Other Services at Cody Dental Group in Denver, CO
Cody Dental Group proudly offers comprehensive dental care to patients with various oral needs. Our team’s skills and expertise ensure the best results and comfort, whether you need general, restorative, or cosmetic treatment. We offer many options to enhance or restore your smile, including teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental implants, and dental bonding. Contact us today to learn how we can help you and schedule an appointment at our practice.