Wisdom Teeth, Keep or Remove?

Image result for wisdom teethWisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt typically around the ages of 17-21.

Sometimes wisdom teeth can become impacted. Impacted is when they are prevented from coming in properly. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, quite often your dentist will recommend you getting them removed. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems, such as, infection, gum disease, cysts, tumors and decay of adjacent teeth.

Remove or Keep?

If your wisdom teeth need to be removed you will usually have symptoms, such as, pain, infection and swelling of the face or gumline. Dentists can tell if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted by looking at an X-Ray. If you don’t have your wisdom teeth taken out then they should be monitored.

Having your wisdom teeth taken out is usually an outpatient procedure, performed either by your dentist or an oral surgeon and they typically use local sedation or general anesthetic.

Complications with Wisdom Teeth Extractions

The most common complication people have with getting their wisdom teeth extracted is dry socket. Dry socket is a painful condition that happens when the blood clot at the extraction site does not form correctly or is lost prematurely. If you get dry socket it can delay the healing process.

In order to prevent dry socket it’s recommended that you don’t smoke, drink carbonated beverages or drink through a straw for several days after the extraction. Rinsing with salt water can also prevent dry socket.

If you live in the Englewood Colorado area and need to get your wisdom teeth extracted, give us a call today at 303-781-0624 to set up an appointment.