In a typical adult set of teeth there are up to three sets of molars. The third set, located at the very back of the mouth, are commonly called wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth do not form in everyone, but most people get them in their late teens or early twenties. You may not even be aware of whether or not you have wisdom teeth, as they can be obscured by gum tissue and might only be seen on a digital x-ray. While wisdom teeth can sometimes come in without complications, many people's wisdom teeth come in misaligned, or become impacted later on, requiring their removal. If wisdom teeth are badly positioned, they can cause misalignments, infection, and pain. For this reason, it is important to have your wisdom teeth inspected and monitored by our team at Dental Excellence.
As a dentist in Independence and the Blue Springs and Lee's Summit areas, we see and treat many patients with problems related to their wisdom teeth. Impaction, when the tooth either emerges only partway through the gums or not at all, can occur due to the lack of space within the mouth. In these cases, extraction may be the best option. As your Blue Springs, Independence, and Lee's Summit dentist, we'll work with you to assess the existence, shape, position, and health of your wisdom teeth, so we can work with you to decide what is best for you and your individual needs.
The removal process is one of our more common procedures, and can be performed in just one office visit. Usually only local anesthetic is required, but we also offer nitrous oxide (also called “laughing gas”) to help relieve any feelings of anxiety. In most cases you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Recovery from wisdom tooth extraction is generally quick and uncomplicated, lasting only a couple of weeks. After a day or two you will be able to begin eating and drinking as you normally do. It is important during this period to diligently follow the care instructions we give you in order to avoid infection. Make sure to let us know if there are complications or you experience anything unusual.
If you would like your wisdom teeth to be evaluated, make an appointment with Dental Excellence, your dentist in the Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, and Independence area. We look forward to seeing you soon!