In our office in Maple Valley, WA, wisdom teeth removal is a commonly performed procedure because the average mouth is too small to house wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to grow in your mouth, and they often cause a lot of problems because of the lack of adequate space. When there’s enough room for wisdom teeth to grow, they can increase grinding and chewing power, but unfortunately, this is rarely the case. In most cases, wisdom teeth grow in at an angle and become impacted beneath the gums, resulting in problems.
At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we recommend early wisdom teeth removal for the best results and most comfortable recovery. Removing wisdom teeth early is beneficial because the wisdom teeth aren’t yet fully developed, making for an easier procedure, and because younger patients heal quicker. Routine visits to your dentist ensure that your wisdom teeth are detected before they cause pain or problems, and once they have been identified, your dentist can refer you to our office for extraction.
Why do I need wisdom teeth removal?
Though not everyone needs wisdom teeth removal, it’s important to have a consultation to ensure the position of your wisdom teeth does not threaten your mouth and jaws. In most cases, wisdom teeth removal is required, and our oral surgeons in Maple Valley, WA, have years of experience and training developing personalized treatment plans for wisdom teeth removal. The most common conditions associated with wisdom teeth are below:
- Gum disease
- Tooth crowding and misalignment
- Tooth decay
- Cysts and tumors
Wisdom teeth growth most often results in problems because, without enough room in the mouth to erupt properly, they grow in at an angle and become impacted (stuck) underneath the gums. Fortunately, avoiding these conditions is as easy as undergoing wisdom teeth removal before the teeth have a chance to develop fully.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
Wisdom teeth removal treatment varies with each patient because every patient has unique needs and preferences. At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Maple Valley, WA, we strive to develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to each patient. A typical wisdom teeth treatment involves two visits: the initial consultation and the surgical appointment. In some cases, a follow-up appointment is suggested but is not always necessary.
The initial consultation is typically the longest appointment because we take our time to be extremely thorough with your examination. At your consult, we will examine your condition and your health history, and we will also take any X-rays or 3D scans needed to create the best treatment plan possible. Each aspect of the consultation helps us determine the exact right treatment for you. We will discuss your options for anesthesia with you as well as answer any questions you have about treatment. You will leave the office with instructions for pre- and post-operative care.
When you return for your surgical appointment, you will have a chance to have any final questions answered before the procedure. It’s important that you have fully reviewed and understand the post-operative instructions before surgery begins. Then, we will administer your chosen form of anesthesia. In most wisdom teeth removals, patients prefer IV anesthesia for sedation so they can rest during the procedure, unaware it is even happening, and wake up once it’s completed. Your oral surgeon will open up your gums and remove any bone or tissue that’s blocking the removal path. Then he will remove the teeth from their sockets, often breaking the teeth into pieces so the removal is easier.
After the procedure, you will return home, where it’s imperative that you follow the post-operative instructions. These instructions were designed to help you heal properly, quickly, and comfortably. If you have any questions about recovery, you can contact our office in Maple Valley, WA, and we will be happy to help you.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Maple Valley, WA
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is proud to offer wisdom teeth removal to the Maple Valley, WA, community. Our oral surgeons have years of experience and have undergone extensive training, which qualifies them as the best dental professional to perform wisdom tooth removal. If you’re not sure whether or not you need wisdom teeth extracted, or if you’d like to come into our office for a consultation, please contact our office so we can help schedule you an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you.
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
26808 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Phone: (425) 432-1511