The average mouth only has enough space for 28 teeth. When wisdom teeth develop, there often isn’t enough room for them to successfully emerge and function in the mouth. Because of this, we recommend in our Puyallup, WA, office to remove wisdom teeth before they can cause problems and threaten the health of your other teeth.
At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we are the wisdom teeth removal experts. We recommend removing wisdom teeth during the mid to late teen years, as this is generally the time that wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, develop. Sometimes wisdom teeth do not develop until your mid-twenties, in which case you should still remove them prior to complications. It’s important to visit your dentist regularly because dentists are trained to recognize the signs of wisdom teeth development. If you or your child have been referred to our office for wisdom teeth removal, you can feel confident that you are in excellent hands.
Reasons for Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed
There is not enough room in the mouth for more teeth, so an extra set of molars can cause some trouble. These teeth can push and shove their way through the gum line, grow towards your other teeth, or even be trapped beneath the gums. When this happens, the tooth is considered to be impacted.
Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean around, which can lead to pain, swelling, infection, and cysts. Additionally, the root of a wisdom tooth is large and unpredictable, which means that it can grow towards your nerves or impact the roots of your other teeth. Other common issues include
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Dental crowding
- Tooth misalignment
- Bone loss
- Tenderness and sensitivity
Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Treatment begins with a consultation. During this appointment, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and teeth and develop a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your needs. We will discuss anesthesia options to ensure you are comfortable and at ease throughout treatment.
On the day of your surgery, your doctor will administer the selected form of anesthesia. When you are sedated, your oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums and remove any bone blocking the teeth. If your teeth have erupted through the gums, we may be able to remove them using forceps. If needed, your wisdom teeth will be broken into smaller pieces to make removal easier.
Any surgical sites will be stitched closed and you will rest comfortably in our resting area until the anesthesia has worn off. It is your responsibility to arrange a designated driver to take you home after your surgery. It is also important to follow our detailed pre- and post-operative instructions to ensure you have a smooth and speedy recovery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Puyallup, WA
If it’s time to remove your or your child’s wisdom teeth, please call to schedule an appointment with our team of specialists. We will evaluate your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for you. Come visit our office conveniently located in Puyallup, WA.
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
8012 112th St CT E
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone: (253) 770-1000