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Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” typically make their appearance in the mid-teenage years or early twenties. Oftentimes, there is not enough space in the mouth for wisdom teeth. This causes an event known as “impaction,” in which the teeth are unable to move through the gums. Wisdom teeth impaction is why many teenagers and young adults have these teeth removed.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” typically make their appearance in the mid-teenage years or early twenties. Oftentimes, there is not enough space in the mouth for wisdom teeth. This causes an event known as “impaction,” in which the teeth are unable to move through the gums. Wisdom teeth impaction is why many teenagers and young adults have these teeth removed.

Wisdom Tooth Impaction

In order to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, you will have a special x-ray taken of the mouth and jaws. This will allow your provider to determine the type of impaction and plan a course of treatment, if necessary.

  • Soft Tissue Impaction: Not enough room for gum tissue retraction; cleaning difficulties.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: Wisdom tooth is angled, allowing for partial eruption, but no function and cleaning difficulties.
  • Complete Bony Impaction: No space eruption. Tooth remains embedded in the jawbone.

Wisdom Tooth Impaction

In order to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, you will have a special x-ray taken of the mouth and jaws. This will allow your provider to determine the type of impaction and plan a course of treatment, if necessary.

  • Soft Tissue Impaction: Not enough room for gum tissue retraction; cleaning difficulties.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: Wisdom tooth is angled, allowing for partial eruption, but no function and cleaning difficulties.
  • Complete Bony Impaction: No space eruption. Tooth remains embedded in the jawbone.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

It’s important to remove wisdom teeth if there is not enough room in the mouth for the molars to fully erupt (emerge through the gums). Impaction can cause serious issues, such as infection, cyst formation, crowding, and damage to adjacent teeth.

Infection

Pericoronitis (a localized gum infection) is the most common clinical issue associated with wisdom teeth. In patients with pericoronitis, gum tissue around the tooth may become irritated or infected, causing pain and swelling, among other issues

Cyst Formation

Impacted wisdom teeth may also cause cysts, fluid-filled sacs that can expand and destroy the jawbone and teeth in the area. In extreme cases, these cysts may turn into tumors.

Possible Crowding

Crowding – often noticeable in the front teeth – can be a result of impacted wisdom teeth. Removal can reduce the potential for crowding.

Damage to Adjacent Teeth

Lack of room around the wisdom teeth can make cleaning difficult, leading to gum disease, bone loss, and decay.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

It’s important to remove wisdom teeth if there is not enough room in the mouth for the molars to fully erupt (emerge through the gums). Impaction can cause serious issues, such as infection, cyst formation, crowding, and damage to adjacent teeth.

Infection

Pericoronitis (a localized gum infection) is the most common clinical issue associated with wisdom teeth. In patients with pericoronitis, gum tissue around the tooth may become irritated or infected, causing pain and swelling, among other issues

Cyst Formation

Impacted wisdom teeth may also cause cysts, fluid-filled sacs that can expand and destroy the jawbone and teeth in the area. In extreme cases, these cysts may turn into tumors.

Possible Crowding

Crowding – often noticeable in the front teeth – can be a result of impacted wisdom teeth. Removal can reduce the potential for crowding.

Damage to Adjacent Teeth

Lack of room around the wisdom teeth can make cleaning difficult, leading to gum disease, bone loss, and decay.

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Day-Of Surgery

Before Surgery

  • At Coyne Oral Surgery, wisdom teeth removal is almost always done with patients sedated. Appropriate anesthesia is provided for your individual comfort level.
  • Patients are required to have a parent or responsible adult available to accompany them to the appointment and stay throughout the procedure (30-60 minutes).
  • No eating or drinking (with the exception of prescription medication and a sip of water) for at least six hours prior to your procedure.

After Surgery

  • Your provider may prescribe pain medication or recommend ibuprofen for managing pain after local anesthesia wears off.
  • Consume clear liquids such as jello and broth.
  • Avoid dairy products on the day of surgery.
  • Be aware that birth control pills may be ineffective.

What Happens Next?

On the day of your procedure, you may experience some post-operative pain and bleeding. Swelling may peak on the second day and begin resolving by day three. Use of ice on the first day can reduce swelling throughout your recovery. On day three, expect jaw stiffness; moist heat can help the jaw muscles relax and open. Many people feel like they are improving around three to five days following their wisdom teeth removal.

Are There Complications?

All surgery poses a risk of complication. Some patients may experience sensory nerve damage, infection, or dry sockets. Our team at Coyne Oral Surgery will review post-operative instructions with your adult caretaker. If you have any concerns, please feel free to call our office.

Schedule  a Consultation

For more information or to schedule a wisdom teeth removal consultation, please call Coyne Oral Surgery at (615) 771-0017.

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Day-Of Surgery

Before Surgery

  • At Coyne Oral Surgery, wisdom teeth removal is almost always done with patients sedated. Appropriate anesthesia is provided for your individual comfort level.
  • Patients are required to have a parent or responsible adult available to accompany them to the appointment and stay throughout the procedure (30-60 minutes).
  • No eating or drinking (with the exception of prescription medication and a sip of water) for at least six hours prior to your procedure.

After Surgery

  • Your provider may prescribe pain medication or recommend ibuprofen for managing pain after local anesthesia wears off.
  • Consume clear liquids such as jello and broth.
  • Avoid dairy products on the day of surgery.
  • Be aware that birth control pills may be ineffective.

What Happens Next?

On the day of your procedure, you may experience some post-operative pain and bleeding. Swelling may peak on the second day and begin resolving by day three. Use of ice on the first day can reduce swelling throughout your recovery. On day three, expect jaw stiffness; moist heat can help the jaw muscles relax and open. Many people feel like they are improving around three to five days following their wisdom teeth removal.

Are There Complications?

All surgery poses a risk of complication. Some patients may experience sensory nerve damage, infection, or dry sockets. Our team at Coyne Oral Surgery will review post-operative instructions with your adult caretaker. If you have any concerns, please feel free to call our office.

Schedule  a Consultation

For more information or to schedule a wisdom teeth removal consultation, please call Coyne Oral Surgery at (615) 771-0017.