Your wisdom teeth are technically third molars. They linger deep within the gums in the back of your mouth and usually start to emerge in late adolescence. Common symptoms include discomfort, pain, or a dull ache in the jaw muscles.
Considering there is little room in the back of your mouth for these teeth to occupy, they can easily become trapped in the gums. Indeed some impacted wisdom teeth can even turn at dangerous angles that threaten the roots of your otherwise healthy rear molars.
To prevent these complications, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Bergevin often recommends having wisdom teeth extracted as a preventative measure. The ideal time for this is shortly after all your baby teeth have been completely replaced by your permanent teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can rarely be extracted in a standard dental extraction. To treat a situation like this, our team often recommends surgical extraction. You will need to be fully sedated for the procedure, so you will need a ride home while the sedative effect abates.
Dr. Fisher and Dr. Bergevin might also prescribe some anti-inflammatory or pain management medication to help you remain comfortable through the recovery process. While your gums are healing, you will need to stick to a soft-foods diet and avoid drinking through a straw.
If you are contemplating a wisdom tooth extraction in Port Orchard, WA, you should call 360-876-0445 to schedule a consultation at Fisher Distinctive Dentistry.