There are several indications you may need your wisdom teeth removed. Crowding, pain, infection, tooth decay, and gum disease are all signs your wisdom teeth may need to be removed. If you notice any of these signs, see an oral surgeon for evaluation. They can determine if extraction is necessary. At Inland Oral Surgery, Dr. David Gailey is your oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Spokane, WA for wisdom teeth removal.
Reasons for Removing Wisdom Teeth
There are many reasons why you may need your wisdom teeth removed. A major reason to extract wisdom teeth is pain. The pain associated with impacted, infected, or crowded wisdom teeth can be alleviated with extraction. Newly erupted wisdom teeth can also be a source of pain and discomfort. Removing them provides relief from the discomfort. In Spokane, wisdom teeth can be removed by the oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery. Signs your wisdom teeth need to be removed include:
- Crowding of the teeth occurs after eruption
- The wisdom teeth only partially erupt
- Infection develops in the wisdom teeth
- Pain and discomfort occurs after full or partial eruption
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
Removal of wisdom teeth is an in-office procedure requiring a few days recovery before returning to normal activities. Prior to the procedure, a sedative or local anesthetic will be administered to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort during the procedure. To remove the wisdom teeth, a small incision is made in the gums and the teeth are gently removed. The gums are then stitched closed. For stitches that do not dissolve, a second visit will be needed at a later date to remove them.
Some bleeding from the extraction site can occur in the days following removal of the wisdom tooth. Some bleeding, bruising, or swelling is normal and is not cause for concern. Prescription or over-the counter pain medication can be taken for discomfort, while gauze pads can be used to control any bleeding that occurs. Additionally, an ice pack applied to the cheek periodically during the first day following extraction can minimize bruising and discomfort. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day during recovery is also beneficial.
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, crowding, or an infection following eruption of your wisdom teeth, these are signs they might need to be removed. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gailey, your oral and maxillofacial surgeons for wisdom teeth removal in Spokane, WA, call Inland Oral Surgery at (509) 321-1404.