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Wisdom Tooth Extraction– Crystal River, FL

Protect Your Smile from Future Complications

Do you still have your wisdom teeth? These third molars typically begin to come in between the ages of 17 and 25, which is also when most people decide to have their wisdom teeth taken out. Contrary to their name, wisdom teeth don’t make you smarter. In fact, it’s often a wise idea to have them extracted in order to protect your smile from future complications! Dr. Lisa Schnell can detect early warning signs of problematic wisdom teeth with X-rays, and if an extraction is necessary, can help ensure that the process is as smooth and efficient as possible. Call Signature Dental Care of Crystal River, PA today to schedule your consultation and determine if you need wisdom tooth extraction in Crystal River.

Woman gives thumbs up after wisdom tooth extraction in Crystal River

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Closeup of wisdom teeth in Crystal River on white background

The teeth in the very back of your mouth are called molars. These wide, flat teeth are strong and designed to help you grind up your food for easier digestion. If you look at the inside of your mouth in a mirror right now, you’ll see two molars on both the right side and left side of your upper and lower arches. Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that humans can develop. They’re called “wisdom” teeth because they come in much later in life, when you’re wiser.

However, humans no longer need wisdom teeth. Our diets are softer and require less grinding than in the past, and our jaws are generally smaller. Not only do we not need wisdom teeth, but many of us don’t have the extra room in our smiles to accommodate these extra molars. As such, they can begin to cause problems for many people if they aren’t removed. 

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Pained man in need of wisdom tooth extraction in Crystal River

There are occasions when a wisdom tooth won’t cause any problems as it comes in and can be left in the mouth. In most cases however, they can pose a threat to your health, comfort, and quality of life if they’re not removed. If there isn’t enough space in the jaw, the wisdom teeth may become impacted, or stuck halfway through erupting. Not only does this cause intense discomfort, but it creates a place that gathers bacteria and dramatically increases your risk of infection. Wisdom teeth may also come in at an angle, pushing against the nearby teeth, which can damage them and misalign your bite.

What to Expect From Wisdom Tooth Extraction

X-rays taken just before wisdom tooth extraction in Crystal River

Wisdom tooth extraction can be performed in a few different ways depending on how developed the wisdom tooth is and if it’s impacted or not. We’ll walk you through the entire procedure step-by-step beforehand and will give you specific instructions on how to prepare. On the day of your extraction, your mouth will be completely numbed with a powerful anesthetic, and you’ll likely be given calming sedation. Then, the teeth will either be separated from the gums with an instrument called an elevator or the tooth will be divided into pieces to be surgically removed one at a time.

Recovering From Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Tools holding tooth after wisdom tooth extraction in Crystal River

You’ll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your tooth extraction, and you should plan on taking the rest of the day easy. Before the numbing medications wear off, we encourage you to take your first dose of prescribed pain medication. Facial swelling, light bleeding, and soreness are common side effects and will gradually wear off over the following days. If your symptoms do not seem to be getting better or if you begin to feel worse, give us a call right away.