Wisdom teeth are a set of redundant molars that usually don’t have enough room to erupt properly. If your wisdom teeth are impacted or causing pain, the caring and compassionate team at RenovaSmiles recommends wisdom teeth extraction. You can have your wisdom teeth safely extracted in the comfort of any of the three RenovaSmiles offices in Manassas, Falls Church, Woodbridge, and Arlington, Virginia. The team offers nitrous oxide to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and anxiety-free during your procedure. Call today to set up wisdom teeth extraction, or book an appointment online at the RenovaSmiles nearest you.
Wisdom teeth are a redundant set of molars that don’t usually begin to erupt until you’re over the age of 18.
Wisdom teeth are a thing of the past — when our ancestors needed to chew coarse grains and grasses — but aren’t needed anymore. In fact, most people don’t have enough space in their mouths to accommodate this third and final set of molars.
Your dentist keeps track of your wisdom teeth with annual X-rays. Even before your wisdom teeth emerge or become impacted, your dentist knows if they’re likely to cause problems.
Because most modern mouths are too small for a third set of molars, your wisdom teeth may get “stuck” when they’re trying to erupt.
They press against your other teeth, and can’t fully emerge from your gums, a condition called impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth cause inflammation and pain in your gums and jawbone.
Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected and damage your other teeth, your gums, and your jawbone.
The infection can even spread through your blood to create a dangerous and potentially life-threatening systemic infection. Your wisdom teeth can also push your other teeth out of alignment as they try to emerge.
If your wisdom teeth have fully emerged but are causing alignment problems, your dentist removes them quickly, gently, and easily with special tools. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they first carefully incise your gums so they can grasp and remove the unneeded molars.
Before the procedure, your dentist cleans your mouth and administers local anesthetic. They also give you nitrous oxide, if needed, which is an inhalable gas that’s sometimes called laughing gas. Nitrous oxide relaxes you, alleviates anxiety, and dulls pain, so you feel comfortable during your extraction.
After your extraction, your dentist gives you instructions, so you stay comfortable and safe while your gums heal. It’s important to put pressure on your gums by biting down on gauze for about 45 minutes so that a protective clot forms.
To get relief from an impacted wisdom tooth or find out if you need wisdom teeth extraction, contact your nearest RenovaSmiles office by phone or online form.