Are you noticing a growing pain toward the back of your mouth? If you are between the ages of 17 and 25, there’s a good chance your wisdom teeth are the source of your discomfort. Whether your third molars are partially erupted or stuck beneath your gums, Dr. Bryan Friedland may recommend wisdom tooth extraction in Pembroke Pines. Call our office today to schedule an appointment if you believe you or a family member could benefit from wisdom tooth removal.
Wisdom teeth are another name for third molars, the last set of teeth that typically erupt during late adolescence or early adulthood. Many millennia ago, early humans relied on wisdom teeth to survive on a coarse diet of nuts, seeds, and plants. These days, wisdom teeth are no longer essential due to softer diets filled with carbohydrates and high-calorie foods as well as advanced preventative dental care. In addition, many people do not have adequate room in their mouths for third molars. As a result, wisdom teeth can become impacted, or fail to erupt, which can cause significant discomfort. Wisdom teeth can also cause damage to nearby healthy teeth if left in place.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. If your third molars have already grown in straight and do not cause any pain, you may be able to avoid wisdom tooth extraction. However, for most people, removing wisdom teeth can help avoid future oral health problems later down the line. For example, impacted or crowded wisdom teeth can increase the risk of oral hygiene issues, potentially cause jawbone damage, and increase the risk of cysts or tumors forming in the sacs where third molars develop.
You may benefit from wisdom tooth extraction in Pembroke Pines if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
There are two basic methods to remove wisdom teeth. If your third molars have already erupted, Dr. Friedland will use specialized instruments to gently rock each tooth back and forth until it detaches from your gums. Local anesthesia or dental sedation will be utilized to ensure you feel comfortable throughout this procedure.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, oral surgery will be required to carefully remove each tooth in sections. Dr. Friedland will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon to perform this type of extraction.
After getting your wisdom teeth removed it’s important to return home to rest. Be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home, as the anesthesia will take time to fully dissipate.
You may experience some facial swelling immediately after the procedure. You can alleviate swelling and soreness by holding a cold compress to your face for 20 minutes at a time. You should also take over-the-counter or prescription medication as directed by a dentist in Pembroke Pines.
Keeping your mouth clean by gently brushing and rinsing is important, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. In addition, stick to a liquid diet for the first few days after the extraction procedure before transitioning to soft foods. As you begin to feel less discomfort after a week or so you can you can begin to incorporate other foods into your diet.
Finally, to avoid painful dry socket, do not:
If you have any additional questions or concerns about wisdom tooth removal, do not hesitate to contact our office.