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By Inland Oral Surgery
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

There are several indications you may need your wisdom teeth removed. Crowding, pain, infection, tooth decay, and gum disease are all wisdom teethsigns 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.

By Inland Oral Surgery
October 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the telltale signs that may be warning you to get a wisdom tooth extraction.

About the time that your wisdom teeth start to erupt it’s a good time to setup an appointment with our Spokane, WA oral surgeons,wisdom teeth Dr. Gailey. For the majority of people, wisdom teeth will need to be removed at some point, since these teeth can often cause more problems if they stay. Find out if it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed.

Many patients won’t experience symptoms when their wisdom teeth first start coming in, but this isn’t exactly an indicator that your teeth don’t have to be removed. One of the first things our oral surgeons in Spokane will do is take an X-ray of your mouth. Since not all dental issues can be see with the naked eye, we sometimes need imaging tests to help us detect signs of decay and to actually see how wisdom teeth are developing (particularly if they haven’t erupted or aren’t fully erupted).

Why Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

If wisdom teeth are coming in crooked or partially erupted, they can cause crowding in the rest of your smile. And if you have already had braces to correct your alignment, the last thing you want is for your wisdom teeth to affect your smile. Misaligned wisdom teeth can also damage nearby teeth.

And if your wisdom teeth have only partially erupted, this opening in the gums leaves your mouth susceptible to decay and infection. So it’s always best to play it safe and have your wisdom teeth extracted before they cause serious issues for your smile.

Warning Signs

Here are some of the common issues to look for that could be telling you that your wisdom teeth are causing problems and need to be removed:

  • A stiff or painful jaw
  • Swelling and/or pain near the wisdom teeth
  • Dental pain caused by a crooked or misaligned wisdom tooth
  • Gum or soft tissue irritation from the partially erupted tooth rubbing against it
  • A cyst that forms on the gums (this is a sign of infection)

If you’re noticing any of these symptoms above then it’s high time you called the dental surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA for a consultation. There is wisdom in knowing when to have your wisdom teeth removed.