Joseph Barker: Wisdom teeth normally start to erupt into the mouth late teens, sometimes early teens, but usually midteens to sometimes even early 20s. During that time, the bone structure of the patient's mouth may be such that that wisdom tooth is not going to come in all the way. It's always going to be partially in the bone and partially in soft tissue. When that happens, food gets caught around the wisdom tooth. It's constantly being inflamed, and they get really sore. Also, sometimes they'll come in in such a way that they'll decay just like that too, and there's no way for the patients to clean them. From a cleansibility standpoint, they need to come out. From a never going to be able to erupt in the mouth because there's not enough room, they need to come out. That's a couple of instances where they need to come out. Also, if they're altering someone's bite, they need to come out. That's just a few of the reasons that wisdom teeth need to come out. We don't do all wisdom teeth, but we can do some.
Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early 20s, sometimes without incident. In many cases, though, these late-arriving molars can cause pain and other problems. We’ll monitor the development of wisdom teeth during dental exams. If we see signs of trouble, we may recommend wisdom teeth removal in Searcy.
Removing wisdom teeth will:
- Avoid crowding nearby teeth
- Make it easier to keep your teeth clean
- Eliminate pain resulting from impaction or other problems
- Prevent infection, bone loss, and other problems related to poorly positioned wisdom teeth
To schedule a dental exam, call 501-299-9117.
Technology & Sedation Simplify Wisdom Teeth Surgery
We use cone beam computed tomography to get detailed, 3-D visuals of your wisdom teeth and the area around them, including your jaw. The images reveal impaction, teeth growing at odd angles, and other potential complications before your procedure starts. This helps us better plan your treatment. In some cases, we may even refer you to an oral surgeon.
We’ll thoroughly numb your mouth with local anesthesia. If you’re still nervous or worried about discomfort, you can also receive laughing gas (inhaled sedation). When breathed in through a small mask worn over your nose, it will keep you relaxed throughout your procedure. Unlike other forms of sedation, it wears off quickly after your treatment.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth After Your Extraction
We’ll give you complete care instructions to ensure a problem-free recovery after your wisdom teeth procedure. In the first 24 hours, you can encourage healing and avoid discomfort by:
- Not brushing your teeth
- Applying gentle pressure with gauze until bleeding stops
- Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water
- Using a cold pack to keep swelling down
- Drinking plenty of water and eating soft, bland foods
- Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or prescription medication if we’ve provided it
If you think you may need wisdom teeth removal in Searcy, call 501-299-9117. Our office is conveniently located near Searcy High School, Harding University, and several other local schools.