Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth extraction is not always necessary, but they may lead to complications if they do not emerge correctly. Our services at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry offers expertise in the removal of wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Omaha, NE
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars. Typically, they come in anywhere between the ages of 17 to 25 and are known to cause issues with many patients. Using X-ray imaging or through visually examining your wisdom teeth (if they have already erupted), we can assess if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is categorized as oral surgery and can be performed by either a dentist or an oral surgeon. The procedure can be carried out in either a dental office or surgical clinic. General anesthetic is necessary for wisdom teeth removal, particularly if multiple teeth are being extracted simultaneously.
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.
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that is unable to emerge properly due to a lack of space. The degree of impaction can vary based on the tooth’s position within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction happens when the tooth’s crown has penetrated the bone, but the gum still covers a portion of it. Partially bony impaction occurs when the tooth has partially emerged, but a section remains submerged in the jawbone. Complete bony impaction arises when the tooth is entirely encased by the jawbone.
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
If you have more questions about wisdom teeth removal, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.