Efficient Wisdom Teeth Removal
in Wichita, KS

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. They generally erupt when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes, they do not erupt and may, instead, become impacted if there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate them or if the entry angle is awkward. An impacted wisdom tooth may need to be removed so that you do not develop gum tenderness, swelling, or pain. Partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth that are impacted may be difficult to clean and they are more susceptible to tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.

When your wisdom teeth initially erupt, their roots may not have fully formed. In addition, the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. This can make extraction easier and shorten your time of recovery. This is why it is recommended that you have them removed shortly after they erupt.

To remove your wisdom tooth, your Wichita Family Dental dentist will need to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. The impacted tooth may remain under the gums, embedded in your jaw bone. As a result, your dentist will need to remove a small portion of the bone to complete the extraction. To minimize the amount of bone that is removed, your dentist will likely divide your wisdom tooth into pieces so that each one can be removed through a small opening in the bone. Once your wisdom teeth are extracted, you begin the healing process. The healing time will vary depending on the difficulty of the extraction. Your Wichita Family Dental dentist will share with you what to expect after the removal of your wisdom teeth and will provide postop instructions for a quick, comfortable healing process.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

A representation of a pericoronitis infection on a wisdom tooth

Infection:

When there is not enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth may become infected, resulting in pain, swelling, and problems chewing and/or swallowing.

An example of a cyst formation on a wisdom tooth

Cyst Formation:

Cysts may form inside the jaw bone as a result of impacted teeth. They may slowly expand and destroy the adjacent jaw bone. They can be difficult to treat.

An illustration of teeth crowding causes by a wisdom tooth

Possible Crowding:

Your teeth may become crowded due to impacted wisdom teeth. This can lead to long-term damage if left untreated.

A visual of a wisdom tooth damaging an adjacent tooth

Damage to Adjacent Teeth:

Wisdom teeth may make it difficult to clean the surrounding teeth. With time, this may lead to gum disease, bone loss, and/or tooth decay.