Wisdom Teeth Removal in Scottsdale, AZ
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Don’t Wait! Prevent Future Tooth Problems
If you’re wondering what wisdom teeth are and how to go about the tooth removal process in Scottsdale, Arizona, you’ve come to the right place for more info. For years we at Scottsdale Dental Solutions have helped people throughout the valley look their best by providing them with state-of-the-art dental care and oral surgery. That same level of commitment applies when patients visit us for wisdom teeth extraction (otherwise called third molar surgery).
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Third molars are commonly called wisdom teeth. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25, although they can emerge much later in life. They typically show up in a person’s late high school/college years or during young adulthood. Wisdom Teeth generally are the last teeth to come through the gums, and for some people, they may never be able to come in at all. Although their presence is not necessary, most people have them removed because they can pose some health risks.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Extracted?
The majority of people who need wisdom teeth extracted have difficulty with their third molars because there isn’t enough room for all these teeth. If we don’t get them out, many patients complain about headaches and toothaches directly related to our third molars. Also, they can damage other nearby teeth or the gums. However, the biggest concern is the potential for these teeth to become impacted, abscessed, or damage otherwise healthy surrounding teeth.
They may also grow undetected by the patient and stay hidden in the gums, causing problems down the road with impaction. Dentists highly recommend wisdom tooth extractions for patients who want to prevent future health issues.
If your wisdom teeth are problematic, they may eventually cause these issues:
- Impacted wisdom teeth: When your wisdom teeth get trapped in your gums or jawbone, causing pain from not having enough room to emerge or develop normally.
- Cause damage to adjacent teeth: When third molars continue to erupt even without sufficient space, they can press against and move adjacent teeth and even disrupt your bite.
- Gum inflammation Pericoronitis: Wisdom teeth may be hard to clean or partially erupted allows an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause infection and swelling.
- Cause jaw damage: Cysts may form around the wisdom teeth and grow to damage nerves, hollow out jaws, or cause other health issues.
- Sinus Issues: Wisdom teeth often cause sinus pain, pressure, and congestion
Do You Have Questions About Wisdom Tooth Extractions?
If you’re having trouble with your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to call our Scottsdale office. There’s no reason to put up with any pain you may be feeling due to your wisdom teeth. We can provide more information on if you’re a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal, and we’ll answer any questions you may have about third molar surgery in Scottsdale. Call us today at (480) 351-6560 to schedule your appointment.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The procedure for removing a wisdom tooth is called an extraction. It is a brief surgical procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia in our Scottsdale office. After administering the necessary local anesthetic, we begin the procedure by removing soft tissue around the tooth, bacteria, and debris from between the gum line and the tooth. We then carefully remove the tooth itself, making sure not to damage nearby structures, including nerves or blood vessels. The incision site is closed with dissolvable stitches, after which healing can begin.
Remove Wisdom Teeth Pain and Stress-free Under Dental Sedation
It might sound like going in for wisdom tooth surgery is something you would rather avoid, but it’s actually an easy process that usually takes less than a half-hour! As always at Dr. Sheth’s Office, our goal is to keep patients feeling calm and relaxed through every bit of their treatment – even extractions! By removing your third molars, we can help prevent future health problems and make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure.
We offer sedation dentistry to ensure you’re safe and comfortable for those patients who might be anxious about having their wisdom teeth or any other teeth extracted. We offer IV sedation, nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas), or oral sedation so that you can make your visit as stress-free as possible. We want you to feel relaxed and calm during every bit of your procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction After Care
After undergoing a wisdom tooth extraction procedure, it’s very important that you follow your dentist’s directions.
The post-operative instructions for wisdom tooth removal vary based on various factors, including whether or not the patient has had surgery before and what kind of oral sedation was used during the procedure. We will be sure to discuss these with you at your visit before we begin any work.
- Swelling – Swelling is one of the most common side effects of having a tooth extracted. It’s normal to experience some swelling after an extraction, but this can usually be controlled by using an ice pack on the affected area to minimize any post-operative pain or discomfort you feel.
- Drink Plenty Of Fluids – The next step for post-operation care is ensuring that your mouth stays hydrated so it can begin healing effectively. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. This will also help prevent infection.
- Bleeding – While there are rarely any complications after wisdom teeth removal, it is possible to experience bleeding during the healing process at the extraction site. This is why Dr. Sheth will ask you to bite on a piece of gauze or apply pressure in order to prevent excessive blood loss.
- Pain – You might feel some pain due to swelling and inflammation at the site where your wisdom tooth was removed. To help relieve this discomfort, do not smoke and avoid drinking alcohol for the first 48 hours after surgery.
- Discomfort – Mild soreness should not interfere with sleep, but if you are having significant difficulty sleeping post-extraction, please contact our office so we can accommodate you as needed. You may also find that hard foods cause more pain than soft foods.
- Dental Care – Following tooth extraction, avoid disturbing the clot. After 24 hours, you can gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and gently brush your teeth, but take special care to avoid the stitched area.
- Limit Physical Activity – You shouldn’t do much in the way of exercise after having your wisdom teeth removed, but it’s important that you avoid strenuous activity until your swelling subsides.
- Medications – Take the medications that your dentist prescribes. We recommend Ibuprofen or Tylenol because they are anti-inflammatory medications.
- Eating – Be careful what you eat and drink during this time. Avoid chewing hard food or drink a carbonated beverage as these activities can cause the blood clot to become dislodged. Make sure to eat soft foods like yogurt, Jello, mashed potatoes, etc.
- Smoking – Avoid smoking after a wisdom tooth extraction for the first 48 hours, as this can slow your healing process.
Our goal at Dr. Sheth’s Office is to ensure that every patient has an excellent experience when they undergo any procedure, including wisdom teeth removal surgery.
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Dr. Rajan Sheth is a leader in the field of restorative and implant dentistry in the Phoenix metro area. He has rehabilitated thousands of patients and maintains a simple vision of "Fear Free Dentistry" and "No one should have to suffer wearing a denture or the embarrassment of missing teeth."
He focuses his scope of practice on comprehensive restorative dentistry with a strong focus on IV sedation, extractions, dental implants, dentures, bone reconstruction, implant supported dentures, full mouth dental implants and immediate teeth in a day dental services. Dr. Sheth has been routinely doing tooth extractions from simple cases, to complete boney extractions in private practice since 2011 and considered one of the best dentists in Scottsdale and the Phoenix, AZ areas.
FAQs About Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
How many days off do you need for wisdom teeth?
The number of days you need to take off for wisdom tooth removal surgery largely depends on the type of sedation used during your procedure. If you’ve never undergone oral sedation before, we advise that you plan to schedule a few extra days off from work or school to ensure that you will have plenty of time to recover. In most cases, wisdom teeth removal patients can go back into the office 48 hours after their procedure and resume normal activities.
What can I eat after getting my wisdom teeth pulled?
Some patients may find it tough to eat solid foods right away, but soft foods like yogurt should be tolerable as long as they don’t require too much chewing.
Is wisdom tooth removal painful?
Most patients who go to a dentist specializing in sedation dentistry like Dr. Sheth or an oral surgeon are sedated before their wisdom teeth removal, so they won’t be aware of or remember much of the procedure. If you could not take advantage of general anesthesia, you may find that the first 24 hours after your surgery is painful, but this will subside as your healing process continues.
Can wisdom teeth cause problems for adults?
If wisdom teeth grow in properly and don’t become impacted (stuck), many people will never experience any pain or discomfort. In some cases, however, a tooth can become impacted, making it more difficult for it to break through the gums. An impacted wisdom tooth can also cause crowding with adjacent teeth if surgeons remove it too late in life.
Does removing wisdom teeth change face shape?
In the weeks following your wisdom tooth removal, you may see changes in your face as it heals. In many cases, a noticeable difference will be temporary, and once the swelling subsides, you can expect your appearance to return to normal. Long-term removal of wisdom teeth does not impact your jawbone or jaw shape.
How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth pulled?
If you’re having pain in your mouth on one or both sides of your mouth, it’s time to talk with our office about getting your wisdom teeth out. This includes any kind of swelling that occurs and any sores that don’t go away when treated with antibiotics or over-the-counter medication.
It’s wise to pull them out so you no longer have to worry about problems from wisdom teeth.
If you’re a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal and live near our Scottsdale office, call today to schedule an appointment. We can tell you more about the procedure and determine if you’re a good candidate for the surgery.
Does removing wisdom teeth leave a hole?
When the roots of your wisdom teeth are removed, you may notice that one or more holes are left in their place. These holes close up within a few weeks following your procedure, and they do not cause any issues for the rest of your life.
How long will it take to remove my wisdom teeth?
In most cases, our doctors can complete wisdom tooth removal in only one visit unless additional complications arise during treatment. We recommend that patients who need sedation dentistry schedule enough time to undergo anesthesia at their initial appointment so we can remove all four teeth at once instead of requiring multiple trips to our Scottsdale office.