Wisdom Teeth | Seattle, WA
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Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Indications
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. The removal of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
Neal, Leonard, and Sorensen Implant, Facial, and Oral Surgery offers wisdom tooth removal in Seattle and Kirkland
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
With an oral examination and state of the art imaging, one of our surgeons can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if there are any existing or potential future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or surgeon.
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Recovery for Wisdom Teeth Removal
In most cases, wisdom teeth are removed without complication. It is best to be informed of any possible surgical risks. After the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. See our after wisdom teeth removal for information on home care.