Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly with the gum, they do not have to be removed; however, unfortunately, this is not the majority of the case.

Around the time of adolescence, wisdom teeth begin to grow in the back corners of your mouth in an attempt to “erupt”. Wisdom teeth removal is advised only if your mouth does not have enough space to correctly erupt. Often the wisdom teeth may remain trapped under the gum and bone, grow sideways or only partially emerge meriting their extraction.

Ultimately, the real issue lies with the painful effects that come with the improper growth of the wisdom teeth. Sharp pain, swelling, stiffness, and infection are common when a partially erupted tooth is left unattended. For this precise reason, early removal is recommended for patients.

Dr. Sedhom begins with a consolation to identify the issue at hand. Upon recognizing the diagnosis, a series of x-rays and tests are performed in order to evaluate the status of the wisdom teeth themselves. Another appointment will then be placed for the procedure itself. The patient is sedated using either local or general anesthetic, depending on the severity of the impaction. Surgery commences upon where family and friends are asked to wait patiently in the lobby. Upon discharge, the patient is taken to post-op and a friend or family member is given post-op instructions along with a post-op kit of pain medication, gauze, and more.

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