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Wisdom Teeth Extraction Can Relieve Pain and Improve Oral Health

Young woman with flawless smileToday, the removal of a patient’s third molars (also known as wisdom teeth) is seen as a “rite of passage” for teenagers and young adults, and for good reason. In many cases, they cause more trouble than they’re worth, threatening your strong smile and overall well-being. At Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center, our talented team of specialists excels at extracting these tricky teeth in a precise and comfortable fashion. We look forward to caring for you at any of our four convenient locations in the Denver, CO area – contact us today to set up a consultation!

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

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Most people only have enough room in their mouth to comfortably accommodate 28 teeth. This is a byproduct of evolution; in the past, our ancestors needed the remaining four teeth to tear through tough meat and other food items, as well as to maintain function in the face of no oral hygiene practices. However, most patients find that the arrival of these teeth today bring nothing but problems like headaches, oral damage, and infections. Here are just a few of the ways that your wisdom teeth can endanger you:

  • The wisdom teeth can fail to erupt properly and remain trapped beneath the gum line. This is also known as impaction.
  • When one or more wisdom teeth simply don’t have the space to emerge, it can result in a partial eruption. This can lead to a severe gum infection, uncomfortable muscle spasms in the jaw, and even swollen lymph nodes.
  • Wisdom teeth aren’t guaranteed to grow in straight. If they emerge at an angle or even sideways, your bite can become misaligned, and pain and swelling can occur as well.

How Do I Know When It’s Time To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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These are some of the most common symptoms patients experience when the wisdom teeth are not erupting properly. This should not be considered a definitive list, though, and we strongly recommend that you visit one of our practices for a more comprehensive examination and diagnosis.

  • Your gums, jaw, and/or cheeks noticeably swell.
  • You feel significant pain in the jaw and at the back corners of the gum tissue.
  • You begin to notice a lingering bad taste in your mouth and more severe bad breath.
  • You have difficulty opening your jaw fully and chewing without discomfort.

What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Removal?

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During your initial examination, Dr. Brian Fangman will pinpoint the location of your wisdom teeth with the help of X-rays. If we determine that extraction would be in the patient’s best interest, the surgical procedure will be scheduled. Local anesthetic and IV sedation & general anesthesia is available for this procedure; we can review the available options with you in detail to find the one that best fits your personal preferences.

After the patient is fully comfortable, we will make an incision around the targeted wisdom tooth and remove it. Sutures will be applied to the incision to minimize bleeding. After this procedure, it is likely that you will experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days. Please give yourself time to rest and maintain a soft food diet.