Most people know them as wisdom teeth, but periodontists know them as third molars, a relic of human ancestry. While these teeth served a purpose at one point, they often cause more problems than they solve. For one, they can lead to significant discomfort if they erupt and your mouth is not large enough to accommodate them. Instead of settling for problematic wisdom teeth, you can receive wisdom tooth extractions at Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists! Call our periodontal office today and we’ll make sure your healthy teeth are protected from potentially harmful teeth with wisdom tooth extractions in Colorado Springs, CO.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a very common treatment that involves the removal of third molars, either because they are causing problems now or are likely to cause problems later. Even if they may not be causing any discomfort or crowding once they have erupted, it is possible for them to cause issues later in life. For this reason, periodontists will often remove them as a precaution, but only based on the current path of eruption the tooth is taking. Our periodontists are experts in tooth removal and will make sure that you understand the process in great detail beforehand.
There are many reasons why wisdom teeth may be removed. For example, if the tooth is causing your existing teeth to become crowded, this can harm the alignment of your bite and put you at higher risk of oral health problems later. However, the more common reason wisdom teeth are removed is because the patient is experiencing a significant amount of discomfort in the back of their mouth. Additionally, if wisdom teeth become impacted during eruption, which means they are trapped underneath gum tissue, they can easily become infected, which can be extremely harmful if left untreated.
Prior to treatment, we’ll completely numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue so you feel no pain during treatment. If the tooth is trapped underneath gum tissue, a small incision will be made so the tooth can be accessed by our periodontists. If the tooth is visible, we can begin gently rocking the tooth back and forth using a dental elevator. Eventually, this will remove the tooth from the periodontal ligament holding it in place. After the tooth is removed, we’ll ask you to bite down onto a gauze pad so a blood clot can form in the open socket.
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain in the back of your mouth and are between the ages of 17 and 25, it’s likely that your wisdom teeth are erupting and your mouth is not large enough to accommodate them. Give our periodontal office a call and one of our periodontists will make you feel comfortable and prepared for your treatment!
Wisdom tooth removal in Colorado Springs often proves to be an essential procedure. Before you contact us to request a consultation, however, you might like to learn more about the treatment and what to expect from it. That is why we have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions. If you do not see the information you were hoping to find, you are welcome to contact us directly.
Yes! Our periodontal office is able to provide multiple types of sedation. We offer it to patients who are nervous about their treatment, who have a sensitive gag reflex, or who suffer from other conditions that could make their procedure challenging for them. Simply let us know about your concerns, and we’ll discuss your sedation options with you.
Dry socket is a complication that sometimes occurs after wisdom tooth extractions in Colorado Springs. It happens when the blood clot at an extraction site becomes dislodged or fails to form. You can reduce your risk of dry socket by not smoking or using straws for a few days following your procedure. You should also stick to eating soft foods and be very gentle with your oral hygiene practices. Your periodontist will give you more detailed post-op instructions to help you prevent dry socket.
Although the 17 – 25 age range is often considered ideal for wisdom teeth removal, older adults can still undergo the procedure. It might be a bit more challenging to remove the teeth because they will be fully formed, and the bones of mature adults tend to be harder. However, countless adults over age 25 get their wisdom teeth removed each year with no problem whatsoever.
You should avoid hard, crunchy, sticky, and chewy foods for at least a few days. Most patients are able to resume a normal diet within a week to 10 days. During that same time frame, any soreness and swelling should also subside. You are always welcome to call us if you have questions or concerns during your recovery.
Periodontists have completed years of extra training beyond dental school. They have an in-depth understanding of the gums, bones, and teeth — and they are trained in a variety of surgical techniques. They are thus well-qualified to remove wisdom teeth and perform a range of other complex procedures.