Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Extractions
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually erupt between the ages of 15 and 25 or so. Some people can keep their wisdom teeth forever, but most patients will need to have the extra teeth removed. In fact, the procedure is so common it’s something like a rite of passage for young adults. If you or a loved one have problematic wisdom teeth, your dentist in Pensacola, Dr. Benjamin J. Hodges, can perform a comfortable, efficient extraction from the comfort of our modern office.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Our patients usually ask one thing when they find out they need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Why do we have this extra set of molars if they usually need to be removed, anyway? Many centuries ago, ancient humans needed an extra set of teeth to replace those that were lost early on due to poor dental hygiene, a tough diet, and the other oral health hazards they encountered. But today, we brush, floss, and eat a softer, cooked diet, and we don’t really need an extra set of teeth. Our jaws haven’t caught up yet, though -- and wisdom teeth extraction remains the most common reason for tooth removal.
Symptoms of Problematic Wisdom Teeth
Dr. Hodges will usually check X-rays of teenage patients to see if there are wisdom teeth beneath the gum line, and if they are likely to cause problems upon eruption. Sometimes we can see early on that the teeth are turned or at an angle, meaning they will eventually place pressure on the surrounding teeth, or cause an infection that can place your oral and overall health in danger.
The wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues if there is not enough room for them to erupt smoothly in the gum line. Knowing what to look out for can help you seek the care you need before serious problems develop.
The warning signs of problem wisdom teeth include:
- Pain or pressure in the back of the jaw
- Visible wisdom teeth
- Infection in the back of the gums
- Shifting teeth
- Sensitive or sore teeth
Simple vs. Surgical Extractions
If you do need to have your wisdom teeth removed, there are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. The one that is best for you depends on whether or not the tooth has erupted from the gums. Most wisdom teeth removals require oral surgery, meaning your dentist cuts into the gums and removes the teeth in pieces. Sutures close the area and healing takes place over a couple of weeks. A simple extraction is possible when the tooth has erupted through the gum line and can be removed with forceps and careful pressure. Whether you need a simple or surgical extraction, anesthesia is available to keep you comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
Contact Us Today!
If you have aching wisdom teeth or wish to discuss the need for wisdom tooth extraction in Pensacola, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office. We are pleased to offer comfortable and efficient removals for our friends and neighbors like you. Request an appointment with Dr. Hodges today!