Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Some people consider the arrival of wisdom teeth to be a rite of passage into adulthood. However, many times, the wisdom teeth or third molars cause problems in the mouth, requiring them to be extracted. Dealing with your wisdom teeth while you are young is much easier than waiting until you are older.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually show up between age 17 and 25. They are visible in development on X-rays usually by age 12. They can come with or without problems.
Here are common reasons why dentists recommend having wisdom teeth extracted:
- Impacted – They have not come through the gums and are stuck below your gums, which causes you pain.
- Wrong angle – They grow in at an angle that harms your other teeth.
- Small mouth – If your mouth is not large enough to handle the extra teeth, you will need to remove them.
- Cavities and gum disease – Wisdom teeth can become decayed or develop gum disease since they’re more difficult to clean at home.
What Happens Before Surgery?
Call at Baystate Dental location to make an appointment if you are experiencing pain in your wisdom teeth. You will have a consultation with one of our dentists. Baystate Dental staff members will evaluate your situation and develop a treatment plan for you. They will discuss the extraction procedure with you at one of our offices in Springfield, Chicopee, Longmeadow, West Springfield, Westfield, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton, Greenfield, and Wilbraham, MA..
We will discuss your overall health, find out the medications and supplements you’re taking, offer time for you to ask questions and discuss anesthesia with you. We also will tell you how much time off work or school you can expect during the healing process.
During surgery, which should take about an hour, you may be given intravenous sedation medication and local anesthetic as an option and only if needed or requested by the patient. Unlike a simple extraction where the dentist uses tools to gently wiggle the tooth or teeth out, wisdom teeth extraction will require incisions into the gum to gain access to the tooth before maneuvering it out.
Regardless of the type of extraction, rest assured that you are in the best of hands at Baystate Dental. We will take care of you throughout the procedure.
What Happens After Surgery?
After the surgery, you will need to rest. Everyone has different reactions to anesthesia, if used during the procedure. Because of this, you will want someone to drive you home. You probably will be groggy for several hours following. You can expect pain and soreness in your mouth which should gradually improve by the third day following the extraction. You can prevent swelling by putting ice on the outside of your mouth for 20 minute intervals (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off).
Our staff will provide you prescriptions for pain. Take them as directed. Follow the advice of your dentist regarding recovery and rest periods. You’ll also have to use warm-salt water rinses for about a week to ensure you don’t get infections in the wounds. You will want to eat soft foods and drink plenty of fluids. You can go back to your regular routine of brushing after the second day. Don’t use a straw or eat crunchy foods.
Call for an Appointment
We are happy to evaluate you at one of our Springfield, MA, offices to determine whether you need your wisdom teeth removed. Contact us today at a location convenient to you: Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Greenfield – Suite 6, Greenfield – Suite 7, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton – King St, Springfield – Harrison Ave, Springfield – Main St #212, Springfield – Main St #215, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts.