The four hindmost molars located at the back corners of your mouth are referred to as wisdom teeth. Sometimes, the wisdom teeth may not have sufficient room to erupt, which results in tooth impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth is either entirely or partially trapped in the bone.
Impacted wisdom teeth may pose various threats, including the risk of infection and severe pain, and may also interfere with the adjacent teeth. If our dentists in Dover, NH, determine that your impacted wisdom teeth pose a significant risk, then you’ll be scheduled for extraction.
Wisdom tooth extractions in Dover, NH, are surgical procedures. They’re conducted under appropriate anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. If you require wisdom tooth extraction, reach out to Belknap Dental Associates today.
Our dentists near you start by thoroughly assessing you to determine if you require wisdom tooth extractions. For this process, we use dental x-rays to gain insights into your wisdom teeth’s development.
Typically, most wisdom tooth extractions are conducted during the teen years and early twenties. However, older patients can still undergo wisdom tooth removal if our dentists identify a need for it.
Impacted wisdom teeth require removal if they cause dental problems such as pain, infection, and tooth decay. These teeth may also need to be removed if they pose a challenge to orthodontic treatments or if they trap food and other debris.
Asymptomatic wisdom teeth may be removed if our dentists determine that they pose a risk for dental problems in the future.
Wisdom tooth extractions near you are outpatient procedures. This means that you’ll be able to go home after the surgical procedure.
Our dentists begin by administering appropriate anesthesia. This may be local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on your comfort level.
Next, the dentist makes a small incision in your gums to reach the tooth and bone. The dentist then removes the tooth, cleans up the surgery site, and then stitches up the site to promote faster healing.
If the procedure is conducted under general anesthesia or sedation, you’ll be taken to a recovery room so that the anesthesia can wear off. If you choose to have local anesthesia, the recovery period will be shorter and will likely be spent in the dental chair.
Remember to follow our dentist’s after-care instructions to ensure swift healing and recovery after wisdom tooth removal.
Get in touch with Belknap Dental Associates today to experience safe wisdom tooth extractions in Dover, NH.