How Do You Know If Your Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25. It is common for wisdom teeth to crowd and affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or even "coming in sideways". They are often extracted when this occurs.

Sometimes the wisdom tooth fails to erupt completely through the gum bed. The gum then extends over the biting surface, forming a soft tissue flap around the tooth, making the area difficult to clean. Debris and bacteria can easily accumulate, which may cause a mild to severe infection. In this situation, recommended treatment is extraction of the wisdom tooth.

Our Technique and Practices

Dr. Loschiavo is well-known throughout the community for his minimally-invasive practices. During wisdom tooth extraction procedures Dr. Loschiavo is extremely conscious and careful that existing soft tissues and bone are left intact as much as possible during surgery, making for a quicker recovery, typically less swelling, and with no future complications.

Must Your Tooth Come Out If You Haven't Had Problems Yet?

Many people believe that as long as they are not in pain, they do not have to worry about their wisdom teeth. However, pain free does not mean disease or problem free. In fact, wisdom teeth that come in normally may still be prone to infection and disease. Crowding of the mouth is a also a common problem with wisdom teeth, which causes shifting of neighboring teeth, and potentially changing your natural smile.

Is The Procedure Painful?

All oral surgical procedures require some level of dental anesthesia for optimum patient comfort. Through his extensive education, Dr. Loschiavo has been trained in all levels of dental anesthesia care for the comfort and painless procedures he provides to his patients.

What Happens After Surgery?

Following surgery, you may experience some swelling and mild discomfort, which are part of the normal healing process. Cold compresses may help decrease the swelling, and medication prescribed by your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can help manage the discomfort.

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days.