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Wisdom teeth removal in Little Rock is not an uncommon procedure. Most often, teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 can expect their third molars (wisdom teeth) to erupt. For some, this process is not painful, nor does it cause problems; however, for a majority of individuals, it is necessary these teeth be removed simply because there isn’t enough room within the oral cavity. Should you discover that you must have these teeth removed, the team at Little Rock Family Dental Care are pleased to perform a safe and effective procedure that will leave you with a roomier and healthier smile. To learn more about the process or if you should consider wisdom teeth removal, contact us.
Typically, there are four reasons why someone might have their wisdom teeth removed. These include:
The truth is that your wisdom teeth are not necessary for maintaining a healthy, complete smile. In fact, these teeth were once extremely important during ancient times. Cavemen used them to consume coarser, denser foods. However, as humans evolved, diets changed as well as a narrowing of the jaw. As a result, these third molars no longer served a purpose and instead, became a problem. Nowadays, it is often better for a dentist to remove them so remaining, healthy teeth are not negatively impacted.
Before your appointment, you will need to make sure someone can escort you to and from your appointment, as you will receive anesthesia and sedation. If you are to discontinue any medications before your surgery, make sure you do so.
On the day of your procedure, you will undergo anesthesia before our team begins the process of removing your wisdom teeth. Depending on whether they have erupted or are impacted, the surgeon will perform a simple or surgical extraction.
During a simple extraction, they will use specialized instruments to gently move the tooth back and forth until it detaches. They will then remove the tooth fully intact. Should your wisdom teeth remain beneath the gums, they will make a small incision in the tissue, exposing the underlying bone and tooth. Dividing the tooth into sections, they will carefully remove each piece before clearing the area of any remaining debris and closing the tissue.
Gauze will be placed over the surgical site to reduce bleeding and encourage a blood clot to form.
After your wisdom teeth extractions in Little Rock, it is important that you follow the instructions provided to you so that you do not develop a dry socket or infection. Some things to remember include: