|At Joe Radakovich DMD, our goal is to educate all of our patients on how to keep their oral health in tip-top shape. Wisdom teeth are a serious oral health concern for many of our patients. Most people have wisdom teeth, and strangely enough, most people do not have enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth.
When wisdom teeth are allowed to come in, they can cause some issues or even damage if the patient does not have enough room for them in their mouth. Here are some helpful facts regarding wisdom teeth, and how we deal with issues regarding wisdom teeth as they arise.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, which are also called third molars, are interesting because most people don’t have enough room for them in their mouth. No one is 100% sure on why we have too many teeth, but one thing is for sure: if you don’t have enough room for them, you should probably have them removed. If there isn’t enough room for them and they are allowed to come in, wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means they will run into another structure in the mouth, potentially causing damage to whatever they run into, which can lead to infection and even tooth loss.
Do I have enough room for wisdom teeth?
There is a chance that you have enough room for wisdom teeth, and that they will come in without issue and not need to be removed. This is one of the reasons that we like our patients to come in every six months so that we can monitor the progress of things like wisdom teeth and build a treatment plan that will allow us to deal with the issue before it becomes a problem.
How do I get my wisdom teeth removed?
When we determine that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we will schedule an appointment for you to come in and have them removed. Most wisdom teeth removals are classified as surgical extractions, meaning we need to perform some minor surgery to remove them from your jaw. Make sure you follow any pre-operative instructions we may give you.
At the start of the procedure, we will make sure that you are comfortable and have the proper amount of sedation/anesthesia.
Once you are comfortable, we will begin the surgery
by making an incision in the gum line above the wisdom teeth. We will gain access to the teeth below and proceed to remove them. Sometimes we can simply grip the teeth and pull them out after some wiggling. Sometimes we have to break the teeth apart and extract each piece individually.
Once we have removed the teeth, we will stitch the site closed with sutures
and place some gauze over the sites to help with excess bleeding.
We will send you home with post-surgery instructions
and (sometimes) an antibiotic or painkillers. Always take all medications according to the instructions on the label.
Following wisdom tooth removal, make sure not to smoke or to make a sucking motion with your mouth while you have stitches in. Sucking motions can dislodge to blood clot from your mouth and result in an infection.
Questions About Wisdom Teeth?
If you have any questions about impacted teeth or whether your wisdom teeth may need to be extracted, please give us a call at 503-455-4673 to schedule an appointment at our Portland office. We can help you determine the best course of action and whether or not your wisdom teeth will need to be removed.