Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Silverdale, WA
Safe & Easy Wisdom Teeth Removal
The idea of needing wisdom teeth extraction can be intimidating, but it’s often the best way to maintain your oral health. When you start to experience painful symptoms of wisdom teeth, extraction is needed in order to alleviate the symptoms and avoid serious health risks.
At Lowell Street Dental Implant & Surgical Center, Dr. Wilde and our team understand the procedure can be intimidating. We offer sedation dentistry so you can be comfortable and relaxed as we remove your wisdom teeth. Our office is located in Silverdale and we provide services in Kitsap County such as Keyport, Bremerton, and Poulsbo.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that erupts around late teens to early twenties. The average mouth is made to hold 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that only holds 28 teeth. When the wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they often grow in at an awkward angle. Some may not even emerge and can be trapped below the gum line. This can put pressure on your other teeth and for some patients, it can cause pain and oral health problems.
When wisdom teeth align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, they don’t have to be removed. However, this doesn’t generally happen, and the extraction of the wisdom teeth is necessary. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
There are some potentially painful symptoms of wisdom teeth, such as:
- Pain or swelling around the jaw
- Severe tooth pain
- Bad breath
- Headaches or jaw aches
- Tenderness in the gums and jaw
- Bleeding and inflammation in the gums
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call our Silverdale office at (360) 692-0300 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilde.
The Purpose of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
You may think you can stand the painful symptoms and be fine without extraction. However, that’s not the case. Delaying your wisdom teeth extraction can only worsen your symptoms and lead to serious health risks. Such reasons for extraction include:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Misaligned bite
- Cysts or tumors destroys jawbone and healthy teeth
During your appointment with Dr. Wilde, he’ll do an oral examination and take X-rays of the mouth. This allows Dr. Wilde to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Receiving early evaluation and treatment results in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Wilde has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e. sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once we make sure you don’t feel anything in the surgical area and feel relaxed and comfortable, we’ll begin the process.
Dr. Wilde will safely and efficiently remove your wisdom teeth by gently separating them from the gum tissue. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To control bleeding, bite down the gauze placed in your mouth. You’ll rest under our supervision in the Silverdale office until we confirm you’re ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, we’ll give you your postoperative kit that includes:
- Postoperative instructions
- A prescription for pain medication
- A follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?
After the extraction procedure, Dr. Wilde will advise you to avoid crunchy, tough, and hot foods for at least two weeks. Instead, stick to a soft and liquid-based diet to prevent from irritating your extraction site. Such foods you may eat include:
- Scrambled eggs
- Juices and smoothies
- Pudding and yogurt
- Blended soups and broth
What do I do if my extraction site becomes infected?
If your extraction site becomes infected, contact our Silverdale office at (360) 692-0300 to immediately schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilde. He’ll clean out the infected area and assist you in prescribing antibiotics to prevent further infection.
Seek Treatment Today
If you’ve been feeling persistent pain in the back of your mouth, it’s probably your wisdom teeth trying to escape from underneath your gum. If you’re looking for a periodontist who has the knowledge and experience in extracting wisdom teeth in Silverdale and the surrounding areas, Dr. Wilde can help. Call our Silverdale office at (360) 692-0300 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilde. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
Dr. Greggory Wilde, Periodontist at Lowell Street Dental Implant and Surgical Center in Silverdale, WA
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