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Cherry Creek Wisdom Teeth Extractions Relieves Oral Discomfort

When a wisdom tooth erupts, it often becomes seen as a milestone for teenaged patients as well as young adults. In most cases, they tend to cause far more issues than they are worth, which is why dentists often recommend removing them before they have a chance to cause harm. At Altitude Oral & Facial Surgery, our team of specialists not only removes these problematic teeth, but does so in the most effective way possible. We can’t wait to make you feel comfortable and provide the best outcome we can following your treatment!

Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

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The fact is only a small percentage of people can accommodate 28 teeth at a time. The reason we have this many teeth is that in previous generations long ago, our ancestors had to rely on wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) to replace teeth that would often fall out. Now that society provides access to more types of food (rather than the meats and reed plants our ancestors had to settle for) and proper oral hygiene practices and products, wisdom teeth are largely relics of the past.

Keep in mind that wisdom teeth can:

  • Fail to erupt properly and remain trapped underneath teeth
  • Cause partial eruption, which can lead to gum infections, muscle spasms in the jaw, and swollen lymph nodes
  • Misalign your bite, leading to pain and swelling

How Do I Know When an Extraction is Necessary?

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There are many symptoms to keep in mind when your wisdom teeth begin to erupt. If you experience any of them, especially between the ages of 18 and 25, we strongly recommend you come to our office right away so we can perform a closer exam and provide a detailed diagnosis. These symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the gums, jaw or cheeks
  • Significant pain in the jaw or in the back corners of your gum tissue
  • Lingering bad taste in your mouth or severely bad breath, even after brushing
  • Difficulty opening your jaw or chewing

What is the Process for Wisdom Tooth Removal?

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During your exam, we’ll capture X-rays in order to confirm the location of your wisdom tooth/teeth. If we believe that an extraction is necessary, you’ll be scheduled for surgery at a later date. While you’ll receive local anesthetic to numb all sensation of your mouth during treatment, we can also provide sedation dentistry to put you at ease. This is also ideal if you have multiple wisdom teeth to remove at a time. During the procedure, a small incision is made into the gums and the tooth is gently removed. We’ll place sutures to minimize bleeding and we’ll go over your aftercare. Over the next few days, you can expect some minor swelling and discomfort. Make sure to stick to a soft diet and get plenty of rest.

Aftercare Tips Following Wisdom Tooth Removal

Once you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, our oral surgeons will provide a detailed aftercare plan for you to follow, ensuring the most comfortable and successful healing period possible. By closely following these tips, you can avoid issues like dry socket, which can not only cause discomfort, but prolong the healing phase of your treatment. These include brief changes in your diet, getting plenty of rest, and more. If you have questions about your aftercare or need to schedule an emergency visit, don’t hesitate to call today!

What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost?

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While there is no set cost for every wisdom tooth removal, we want to make sure that you’re aware of your costs ahead of time before beginning treatment. There are many factors that can influence your cost, including the number of teeth you need to replace as well as the complexity of your case. Regardless of what you’ll need to pay, we’ll create a plan that is within your budget and protect your oral health.