Wisdom Teeth Extractions Q&A
What is wisdom teeth extraction?
Wisdom teeth extraction is a type of oral surgery that involves Dr. Kheshtchin removing one or more of the third molars at the very back of your mouth.
Most people have four wisdom teeth; two on top and two on the bottom. However, some have only one, two, and in rare cases, none at all.
Because wisdom teeth come in after all of your other teeth, they’re more likely to become impacted. Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can move your other permanent teeth out of place or increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease because they’re challenging to reach and keep clean.
Will I know if my wisdom teeth become impacted?
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, you might not realize it. However, there are common telltale signs to look out for, including:
- Food or debris collecting at the back of your mouth
- Gum disease
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- The development of a cyst
Impacted wisdom teeth can also interfere with orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign®.
Will I benefit from wisdom teeth extraction?
To determine if you’ll benefit from wisdom teeth extraction, make an appointment at A&N Dental. During your appointment, Dr. Kheshtchin reviews your medical history, asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and performs an oral exam.
She also takes a series of dental cone beam CT scans to get a closer look at your jawbone and tooth roots. After gathering all of this information, Dr. Kheshtchin develops a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
What happens during wisdom teeth extraction?
Dr. Kheshtchin performs wisdom teeth extractions on-site, at the state-of-the-art A&N Dental facilities. Prior to removing your wisdom teeth, she administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums and tooth roots.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or have low pain tolerance, she might also recommend conscious sedation using intravenous drugs.
After the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Kheshtchin carefully extracts your wisdom teeth one at a time using dental forceps. If your wisdom teeth haven’t broken through your gumline, Dr. Kheshtchin makes an incision, exposing your tooth and bone.
Next, she removes the bone, divides your tooth into sections, and carefully removes them with forceps. Surgery usually takes no longer than 90 minutes.
If your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, make an appointment at A&N Dental. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.