Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually erupt during our late teens or early 20s. Unfortunately, they often fail to erupt properly, causing severe crowding and other oral health problems. In many cases, they may become impacted, leading to significant discomfort. Dr. Bill Stofer can perform precise, minimal-discomfort wisdom tooth removal at our Warsaw, IN, practice. The team at Dental Solutions proudly uses the latest technology, including advanced imaging systems, allowing them to plan and execute an incredibly precise surgery. With our innovative tools and techniques, your extraction can provide significant relief and foster improved oral health.
Are You a Candidate for Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Wisdom tooth removal can address active symptoms, or it can be performed as a preventative measure. If you do not have enough room in your jaw for your wisdom teeth, they can push against your other teeth as they develop. As a result, your entire dental arch could shift out of alignment. In other cases, your wisdom teeth may not be able to push through the gum or bone tissue that covers them. These impacted teeth can cause significant discomfort. You could also develop an infection if bacteria become trapped under the flap of tissue.
"With our careful and advanced techniques, your recovery can be quick and comfortable."
To determine your need for wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Stofer will carefully examine your teeth and jaws. We will take advanced images using the Planmeca ProMax® 3D Max imaging system. With these high-definition images, your dentist can determine whether you have enough room for your wisdom teeth. He can also plan an extraction involving minimal impact to your jaw.
Wisdom tooth removal is often necessary, but you can depend on our Warsaw practice to only recommend this and other treatments if you truly need them.
What to Expect during Your Extraction
Many patients are intimidated by the thought of wisdom tooth removal. However, the surgery actually involves very little discomfort thanks to anesthesia and our sophisticated techniques. We can also provide various forms of sedation to help you achieve a state of deep relaxation during surgery. Dr. Stofer will discuss your sedation dentistry options in advance to help you choose the most appropriate option.
There are various ways that your dentist may remove your unwanted wisdom teeth. In simple cases, he can loosen the teeth and easily lift them out of the sockets with very little impact to surrounding tissues. On the other hand, if you have an impacted tooth, or a tooth erupting at an angle, your procedure will be a bit more involved. Your dentist will need to remove the bone or gum tissue that is covering the tooth. In some cases, he may need to extract it in several pieces. In every case, you can expect your dentist to take every possible measure to ensure your comfort.
Aftercare and Recovery
With our careful and advanced techniques, your recovery can be fast and comfortable. After your surgery, you will likely experience some inflammation and sensitivity. Mild, non-prescription pain medications will usually be enough to ease discomfort. Additionally, you will need to eat a soft diet for a few days to prevent gum irritation. You should also avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages. During recovery, you must be very careful when brushing your teeth in order to avoid disrupting the extraction site. With these precautions, patients typically make a full recovery in a week or less.
Contact Us for More Information
If you are experiencing the symptoms of an impacted tooth, or if you would like to have your child's jaw assessed for signs of potential wisdom tooth complications, contact Dental Solutions electronically or call our Warsaw office at (574) 269-1199. We can examine your smile to determine the right solution to provide the relief you deserve.