While not all wisdom teeth require removal, wisdom teeth extractions are often needed because of a problem patients are experiencing such as pain, swelling, decay or infection. Wisdom teeth extractions may also be performed as a preventive measure to avoid more serious dental problems in the future that may be caused by impaction, or the incorrect eruption of the tooth. If the impaction of one or more wisdom teeth is present and left untreated, a number of potentially harmful dental outcomes can occur, including:
As with any dental procedure, Dr. Espili will want to initially conduct a comprehensive assessment of the wisdom and surrounding teeth. Panoramic or digital x-rays may be necessary in order for your dentist to better evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if a current problem exists, or the likelihood of any potential future problems. These x-rays can alsoreveal risk factors that could impact the treatment of wisdom teeth, such as the deterioration or decay of nearby teeth.
Early evaluation and treatment (usually aroundthe teenage years when wisdom teeth are first starting to erupt) are recommended in order to identify potential problems and to improve the results for patients that may require wisdom teeth extractions. Only after a thorough examination can your Dr. Espili provide you with the best treatment options for your specific case.
Wisdom teeth removal is a normal procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia by a specially trained dentist or oral surgeon in an office surgery suite. The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be released with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary) from Dr. Espili, to help manage any swelling or discomfort after the procedure.
If you are experiencing discomfort or any other problems with your wisdom teeth, book an appointment with our office today. Dr. Espili will be able to assess your wisdom teeth to see if extraction may be necessary.