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Should all wisdom teeth be removed?

Not necessarily. Some people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth emerge without any serious issues. However, since the wisdom teeth erupt long after your other teeth have grown in, these new molars may cause overcrowding. For most people, wisdom teeth emerge in their late adolescence or early adulthood.

When there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth, they push the other teeth out of alignment, causing pain and compromising the health of your other teeth. It is also possible that your wisdom teeth might emerge in the wrong direction or become impacted in your jaw. In these cases, extraction can help to reduce your discomfort and to protect the rest of your teeth.

What happens during wisdom teeth extraction?

The extraction of wisdom teeth is a very common oral surgery procedure. First, Dr. Kim numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic. If necessary, he can give you a sedative to help you relax. Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Kim uses special tools to loosen the tooth by wiggling it back and forth in its socket until it is loose enough to pull out.

If you’re having your wisdom teeth removed due to impaction, the procedure is a little more complex, depending on where the tooth is located in your gums. In this case, Dr. Kim may break your wisdom tooth into smaller pieces before removing it. He then closes the hole with sutures and packs the sockets with gauze.

What happens after my wisdom teeth are removed?

If you were given a sedative, you rest in a recovery room while the sedative wears off. In most cases, you need a friend or family member to drive you home after having your wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Kim gives you instructions for care and a prescription for a painkiller for a few days while your gums heal.

Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure. Dr. Kim offers compassionate care and makes every effort to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after the procedure. If you have questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, contact Dr. Kim at the Hoover Dental Center today.

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