Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in the mouth and usually make an appearance around the age of 17. There isn’t enough room for an extra set of molars, which is why dentists and oral surgeons recommend having wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible.
At Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery, Dr. Lieblick, Dr. Fletcher, Dr. Gill, and Dr. Ambrogio regularly perform wisdom tooth extractions in Enfield, Connecticut. If you have been referred by your general dentist or would like an evaluation of your wisdom teeth, please contact our office.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a tooth is blocked beneath the gums and cannot properly erupt into the dental arch, it is considered to be impacted. An impacted tooth is unlikely to ever erupt on its own, which is why surgical treatment is necessary. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to identify impacted teeth and treat them.
Due to being blocked, an impacted tooth will grow at an angle toward your other teeth. Wisdom teeth have large roots, which can damage the roots of nearby teeth or facial nerves. They can be difficult to clean around, which can lead to cysts or tumors forming around the tooth. By having wisdom teeth removed, you can avoid these health risks.
Benefits Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of alignment and damage nearby roots or nerves. By having them removed, you are protecting your other teeth.
- Removal in younger patients leads to faster recoveries because the wisdom teeth are not yet fully developed. However, wisdom teeth can be extracted at almost any age.
Wisdom teeth can become impacted, which can lead to infection, cysts, tumors, or tooth loss due to decay. Having them removed prevents these problems from having the chance to arise.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
First, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons at a consultation appointment. Your surgeon will examine your oral health, take 3D scans, and discuss your options for anesthesia. Many patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure, which allows them to rest in a sleep-like state and wake up when it is over.
During surgery, your surgeon will make necessary incisions in the gum tissue to remove the wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth may need to be broken into smaller pieces before they can be removed. Dissolvable sutures will be inserted, and you will rest until the anesthesia wears off. You must arrange for an adult to drive you home after surgery and remain with you for 24 hours.
Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery provides detailed pre- and post-operative instructions to guide you throughout every step of treatment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions you have at any point.
Cost of Wisdom Tooth Removal in Enfield, CT
The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed depends on the number of teeth you need extracted, the details of your insurance, and your choice of anesthesia. At the consultation, we will provide you with a cost estimate so you know exactly what to expect prior to treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time off do you need for wisdom teeth removal?
You can expect to return to your normal routine a few days after surgery. It will take about 2 weeks for your extraction sites to fully heal.
Are you asleep during wisdom teeth removal?
Patients often undergo IV anesthesia, which is injected into your arm. It will put you in a semi-conscious state and unable to feel pain, but you will still be able to answer questions asked by your surgeon. Many patients wake up with no memory of the surgery.
How should I prepare for wisdom teeth removal?
If you are undergoing IV sedation, do not have anything to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your oral surgery appointment. Wear loose-fitting clothing and plan on having soft foods available at home for your recovery. You must arrange for a responsible adult to remain in the office during your surgery and take you home afterward.
Is the third day the worst after having wisdom teeth removed?
Swelling typically peaks around the third day. You can manage swelling and pain with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications. Be sure to rinse your mouth with a salt water solution, as outlined in your instructions, to prevent infection and dry socket. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the tooth socket becomes dislodged and prolongs the healing process.