Wisdom Teeth Removal: What You Need to Know

Contrary to popular belief, having your wisdom teeth removed is a fairly simple procedure. Even if you are having all four removed at the same time, the entire process usually does not take more than a few hours. At Dolphin Dental, we have experienced surgeons to perform the oral surgery for Seminole, Largo, and St. Petersburg patients.

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed before the age of 25. It is very rare for someone to not have to have these teeth removed. If not removed, they will cause pain, infection, and even displace the surrounding teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms be sure to call us to schedule a consultation:

  • Chronic pain in your gums
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Gum swelling
  • Tooth decay and infection in back molars
  • Cysts
  • Displacement of other teeth

Many people have impacted wisdom teeth; this occurs when the growth of these teeth have left little to no room in your gums and can sometimes cause them to erupt through your jawbone. Wisdom teeth removal is recommended before it gets to this point as to avoid any complications such as infection, cysts or nerve damage.

I need my wisdom teeth extracted –now what?

Once it has been determined that your teeth need to be extracted, most dentists will refer wisdom teeth removal patients in Seminole, Largo, and St. Petersburg to an oral surgeon, especially if it is a complicated case. Before scheduling the surgery Dolphin Dental will do a full x-ray and examination. The doctor will sit down with the patient and discuss the process as well as address any questions or concerns they may have.

Many people are concerned about the pain of removing their wisdom teeth, but have no fear! Before the extraction, oral surgeons will numb the teeth’s surrounding bone and tissue to ensure a pain-free time. Dolphin Dental also prescribes the appropriate pain medication afterwards, as well as gives detailed instructions for how to properly care for the area to avoid excessive bleeding and swelling.

After your wisdom teeth removal, it is important to have someone at the office that will be able to drive you home. Although not everyone chooses to be put under anesthesia during the procedure, you might still be experiencing discomfort and shouldn't operate a vehicle.

If you’re in need of wisdom teeth extraction in Seminole, Largo or St. Petersburg, give Dolphin Dental a call today at 727-393-9334.

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