Wisdom teeth emerge between the ages of 17 and 21 when your jaw is typically fully developed. As the team at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights knows, your mouth may not have enough room to support these teeth once they emerge. That’s why they perform wisdom teeth extractions at their office in Brooklyn Heights, New York. If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, call the team at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights or schedule an appointment online today.
Often called the third molars, wisdom teeth are the final teeth to emerge in the very back of your mouth. They develop during your teenage years, around the time your jaw stops growing. As a result, your jaw may not have enough room to support these new molars.
Wisdom teeth can become impacted beneath your gum line. This means they can’t fully emerge without pushing against your surrounding teeth, nerves, and soft tissues. When your wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted, they can cause pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
The team at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights takes X-rays at your bi-annual dental exam and teeth cleaning that reveal whether your wisdom teeth are impacted. Other signs that you have impacted wisdom teeth include:
In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infection. If you have tooth and jaw pain accompanied by bad breath and a small bump on your gums, you may have an abscess. This fluid-filled sac contains harmful bacteria that, if ruptured, can spread throughout your body.
When you come into Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights for your wisdom teeth extraction, the team administers a sedative and local anesthetic to keep you relaxed and free of pain. Once the medication takes effect, they make a small incision in your gums.
How long your extraction takes depends on the severity of the impaction. The team may need to remove small pieces of bone and tissue to access the impacted tooth. Sometimes, wisdom teeth crack and break. In this case, the team removes the tooth in pieces.
Finally, the team sutures your incisions and packs your mouth with gauze. You should change this gauze after about 45 minutes to one hour, allowing enough time for a protective blood clot to form.
Because a wisdom tooth extraction requires sedation, make sure to coordinate a ride home after your procedure.
To learn more about wisdom teeth, call Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights or schedule an appointment online today.