Wisdom Tooth Removal
in Raleigh, NC
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries for patients who are in their late teens and twenties. This age tends to be an ideal timeframe for wisdom tooth procedures because the jaw is about done growing and younger patients usually have an easier time recovering. However, our team will be happy to provide wisdom tooth removals for any patient regardless of age or where they’re at in their oral health journey. Contact our office to schedule your next visit today!
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Thousands of years ago, humans had bigger jaws that were used to eat tough foods. Over time, our diets changed, and the need for our third molars decreased. Today, many people still have wisdom teeth, but there is not enough room on their jaws for them to grow in properly. If a wisdom tooth needs to be removed but it is not extracted, it can cause pain, infections, orthodontic issues, and other problems, which is why we recommend scheduling wisdom tooth procedures sooner rather than later.
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Sometimes, patients can feel their wisdom teeth growing in and causing pain and soreness toward the back of their mouth. We can remove wisdom teeth when this happens, but we prefer to remove wisdom teeth before they cause any harm or discomfort, as do many of our patients. The only way to know for sure if you will need one or more wisdom teeth removed is by scheduling routine dental exams with our team so we can examine your teeth, gums, and X-rays and let you know when or if you will need your wisdom teeth extracted.
What is recovery like after a wisdom tooth removal?
Patients who have one or more wisdom teeth removed should plan on taking at least a few days off to rest and recover. We recommend stocking up on soft foods like pudding, applesauce, oatmeal, and soup to eat, as well as books, movies, and other types of low-activity entertainment. Avoiding strenuous activity is essential for the healing process, and you will want to avoid drinking anything through a straw as well, as that can cause a dry socket. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask our team for assistance.