Extracting Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt or come out. So when they finally do emerge, they most likely won’t have enough room to grow normally since the other teeth have already made their way into the mouth and have settled in place. When this happens, wisdom teeth can become impacted or only partially break through the gums, which may cause some tenderness and pain.

When impacted wisdom teeth causes pain, the usual course of treatment is to extract the tooth. Even non-painful wisdom teeth can already be extracted before they are yet to exhibit any symptoms. This is to prevent the future likelihood of other dental problems attributed to the wisdom teeth’s awkward position at the back of the mouth. Since they are hard to reach and clean, they are more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease, which could cause other dental problems later on unless they are extracted.

Since impacted wisdom teeth have not fully erupted, they are not as easily extracted and would require incisions to remove. This is when you’ll need the expert surgical skills of Grand Junction dentist Dr. Eric Benefield of the Grand Dental P.C. clinic in Colorado. He will first order an X-ray to determine the exact positioning of your wisdom tooth. Then before the extraction, the impacted tooth and those surrounding it will be numbed with a local anesthetic, with additional sedative medication to be administered as needed.

Following the extraction, the incision, which may or may not require stitches, will be closed. Some discomfort may occur within the next couple of days after the procedure but all can be easily managed with simple home remedies and pain medication.

If you’re experiencing any pain at the back end of your teeth, you might have an impacted wisdom tooth. Have your Grand Junction dentist perform a thorough checkup by calling 970-243-8580 to book an appointment.