Our dentist may recommend wisdom teeth removal to avoid these serious complications and to keep your smile healthy. We will carefully evaluate your smile, including the positioning of your teeth and wisdom teeth, to determine whether your smile would benefit from wisdom teeth removal. Our team will ensure that your wisdom teeth removal treatment is as painless and comfortable as possible. To learn more about wisdom teeth removal, please call or visit us today. We are committed to keeping your smile in the best possible health.
Purpose of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The third molars, which are commonly called the wisdom teeth, are typically the last teeth to come in. Because they are the last to erupt, there is often not enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow in as they should. When there is not sufficient space for the wisdom teeth, they may become impacted (unable to fully break through the gum tissues and jawbone) or grow in at an incorrect angle. Wisdom teeth that do not erupt as they should can lead to several dental problems, such as:
- Disturbance of the natural tooth alignment or orthodontic treatment
- Damage to the neighboring teeth
- Tooth decay
- Infection and inflammation in the gums and other tissues
- The formation of cysts
- Damage to the jawbone
How to Prepare
Your dental surgeon will answer any questions you have about the procedure. They’ll give you explicit instructions to follow that will help you plan for the extraction and a proper recovery afterward. They will also tell you the type of anesthesia that will be used and how you’ll feel after the wisdom tooth extraction.
You’ll need to bring all the required paperwork and insurance cards to the appointment. It will be necessary to arrange for transportation home as the anesthesia can cause lingering effects and driving is not advised.
What is Recovery Like after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
After the first 24 hours you’ll need to follow these tips:
- Avoid drinking through a straw.
- Don’t drink alcohol or use mouthwash with alcohol.
- Avoid brushing your teeth next to the extraction site.
- Avoid strenuous activity for a week after surgery.
- Avoid smoking during the healing process.
Medication may be prescribed for pain relief. Either over-the-counter pain medicine like Tylenol or prescribed pain medicine, which can include hydrocodone or oxycodone.
Additionally, your dentist might recommend gently rinsing with a combination salt water mix after meals.
Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal Near Auburn WA
Dr. Nuttall offers wisdom teeth removal to help you maintain your healthy, beautiful smile. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often cause problems when they begin to erupt, including infection and misalignment of the other teeth. We welcome you to contact Nuttall Smiles at (253) 939-0700 for more information about wisdom teeth removals in Auburn, Washington, and to schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist.