Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood and can sometimes cause complications if not enough room is available in the mouth. At Tolland Hill Family Dental, we specialize in the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, ensuring the long-term health and comfort of our patients.

Common Causes for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Extraction of wisdom teeth may be necessary in several scenarios, including:

  • Pericoronitis Infection: Bacterial infection in the soft tissue around a partially erupted tooth.
  • Tooth Decay: Extensive decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
  • Gum Disease Risk: Difficulty in cleaning a partially erupted tooth, increasing caries risk.
  • Pain and Pressure: Discomfort due to wisdom teeth pressing against other teeth.
  • Poor Positioning: Erupted tooth causing problems with chewing or cheek irritation.

Understanding Wisdom Teeth Impaction

Wisdom teeth are considered impacted when they fail to fully erupt due to various reasons:

  • Mesial Impaction: The tooth is angled forward towards the front of the mouth.
  • Vertical Impaction: The tooth has a normal vertical orientation but cannot erupt properly.
  • Horizontal Impaction: The tooth is lying on its side.
  • Distal Impaction: The tooth is angled toward the rear of the mouth.

Impactions are also classified as either:

  • Partially Impacted: Where the crown has penetrated through the bone but not fully erupted through the gum.
  • Bony Impaction: The tooth remains mostly within the jawbone.

The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

The process of wisdom teeth removal includes:

  • Pre-Surgery Consultation: Discussing the procedure, medical history, and anesthesia options.
  • Anesthesia: Local, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, based on the complexity of the case and patient comfort.
  • Surgical Procedure: Typically takes less than an hour, involving the removal of the impacted tooth.
  • Post-Surgery Care: Guidelines provided for home care, including managing pain and swelling.

Aftercare Following Wisdom Teeth Removal

Post-extraction care is crucial for a smooth recovery:

  • Rinsing: Gentle rinsing with salt water after 24 hours.
  • Managing Bleeding and Swelling: Using gauze pads and ice packs as needed.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter or prescribed medication.
  • Diet: Soft foods and avoiding hot liquids or foods with seeds.
  • Smoking: Avoiding smoking for at least 48 hours post-surgery.

Why Choose Tolland Hill Family Dental

Our experienced dental team at Tolland Hill Family Dental is committed to providing safe and effective wisdom teeth removal. We understand the unique needs of each patient and ensure a comfortable, stress-free experience.

Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Consultation

If you’re experiencing discomfort due to wisdom teeth or have been advised to have them removed, contact Tolland Hill Family Dental today for a consultation. We are here to provide expert care and guidance throughout your wisdom teeth removal process.

Formerly Dr. Frederick M. Daniels Dental Office
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