Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are natural teeth that very often erupt in a way that makes extraction necessary. They are generally the last teeth to come in—most often in the late teens—and since they don’t grow alongside other adult teeth, they can cause complications. Sometimes they don’t erupt fully through the gums; other times they don’t erupt at all. These are considered impacted teeth. Wisdom teeth can press on adjacent healthy teeth, resulting in crookedness and infections. When they haven’t completely broken through the gums, wisdom teeth can be difficult to maintain. The gum coverage and the unusual angles at which the teeth sometimes grow can make brushing and flossing virtually impossible. As with any other teeth that aren’t brushed and flossed regularly, wisdom teeth will eventually succumb to decay. Whether you have obvious symptoms, or none are present, it’s best to have impacted wisdom teeth in Chestnut Hill, MA removed to avoid future problems. The renowned in-house multispecialty team here at Hammond Pond Dental Group is exceptionally skilled and qualified in wisdom tooth removal. Come in for a consultation and find out if your wisdom teeth should be extracted.
Removal and Recovery
Wisdom tooth removal is a more complex procedure than a standard tooth extraction. It’s actually a surgical procedure that requires us to open up the gums. This also means that more recovery time will be necessary than with other extractions. After removing your wisdom teeth here at our Chestnut Hill, MA office, our team will provide you with a very detailed set of instructions for how best to let your extraction sites heal without delay or complications. This includes what foods and activities to avoid in order to prevent dry socket. A very painful condition, dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms over the extraction sites during healing comes loose or doesn’t form, leaving the underlying bone and nerves underneath exposed. Follow all instructions exactly as they are given to you!
Dr. Pitluck discusses when wisdom teeth should be removed
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Blood or pus visible in the area
Swollen jaw or cheeks
Difficulty opening your mouth
Bad breath or foul taste in your mouth
When wisdom teeth extractions become necessary, rely on an expert!