Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Vienna
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last molars to appear on each side of a patient’s jaw. They typically make their appearance when a patient is anywhere between the ages of 16 and 25. While it should be a happy occasion for a smile to finally be complete, wisdom teeth can actually bring a wide variety of concerning problems with them – ones that can threaten your overall health and quality of life. Here at Monarch Dentistry, we recommend wisdom tooth extraction in many cases so that patients can be protected from potential damage and smile with confidence once more. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation, please contact our Vienna, VA office! Dr. Neil Flenniken, Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken, and the rest of our team look forward to meeting you.
Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom teeth can be valuable to have, but only when they’re healthy and properly positioned within the mouth. These teeth are vulnerable to various problems and may require removal to prevent further complications. One common problem that requires wisdom teeth extraction is the jaw being too small to accommodate them; this lack of enough space can make wisdom teeth impacted (unable to erupt fully). Other problems that may necessitate extraction include wisdom teeth growing at a severe angle, erupting only partially through the gums, not erupting at all, and complications caused by cavities and periodontal disease. Not removing wisdom teeth that exhibit these problems can cause pain or damage to the surrounding teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
While it may sound scary, a wisdom tooth extraction is actually a very routine procedure for our team here in Vienna, VA. Our doctors will thoroughly numb the treated area to minimize discomfort, and we offer multiple sedation options, including IV sedation, which could help you feel fully at ease throughout your procedure.
Once the wisdom tooth (or teeth) has been successfully removed, you will be asked to slowly bite down on a gauze for 30 to 40 minutes after you leave Monarch Dentistry so that any bleeding that may occur is appropriately limited. It’s common to experience some swelling and discomfort after a wisdom tooth extraction, but patients shouldn’t worry – these symptoms should lessen and fully subside after a few days. If patients continue to experience these symptoms after this timeframe or become feverish, please contact us right away for assistance.
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