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Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Lake Oswego, OR

Woman holding her mouth in need of wisdom teeth extractions at Nicholas Dose, DMD in Lake Oswego, OR Wisdom teeth are the last and largest molars that erupt on either side of your upper and lower jaws, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. For some people, wisdom teeth come without event, but for a large majority of people, they may be impacted since there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate them. If you are a young adult and your wisdom teeth are causing you pain and discomfort, Dr. Dose at Nicholas Dose, DMD can extract them for you.

Problems Associated With Wisdom Teeth

According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth can cause a large variety of issues and may need to be evaluated to see if they should be removed:
•  Wisdom teeth may often erupt at an angle or lying on their side. When that happens, they may only erupt partially over the gum line and can trap food, resulting in buildup of plaque.
•  Impacted wisdom teeth are also notoriously difficult to clean since they are so far behind in the mouth. Since they are also tilted, it can be difficult to floss between them and the molars next to them.
•  Impacted wisdom teeth may allow the bacteria to enter the gum line and create infection that can go deep.
•  Wisdom teeth may cause pain, tenderness, and swelling of the jaw or form a cyst near the impacted tooth.
•  Impacted wisdom teeth may damage the roots or supporting bones of the molars next to them or crowd near them, so that your molars shift out of place.
•  Even wisdom teeth which do not show any outward symptoms can still harbor disease.

Wisdom tooth extraction is a very safe and minimally invasive oral surgery that can resolve these problems. People who have their wisdom teeth removed rarely experience any complications.

What to Expect During a Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical extraction, though the procedure is very simple. The patient is given an anesthetic and some form of sedation so that the patient is comfortable during the procedure. We then make a small incision in the gum line to expose the tooth and the underlying supporting bones. The tooth is often broken into two or three parts so that it is easier to remove. Once the tooth remnants are removed, Dr. Dose will clear any remaining debris from the surgical site and stitch the wound close. A piece of gauze is put on the extraction site to prevent any bleeding and to help with clotting.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Aftercare

People who undergo wisdom teeth surgery usually can go about daily activities immediately after the surgery. Some pain and swelling is to be expected, but this will go down in about three days. To alleviate discomfort, we may prescribe you some over-the-counter painkillers. While you are waiting for the wound to fully heal, take care to eat soft and cool food like applesauce, yogurt and soups. Also make sure to rinse your mouth with saltwater every couple of hours and especially after meals for two weeks.

Complications of Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Although complications are rare, some people may experience dry socket. This happens when the clot on the wound is dislodged or dissolved prematurely, resulting in pain for the patient. If this happens, you need to make an urgent appointment with us so that we can alleviate the pain and repair the open area. If you experience severe bleeding, pus gathering at the site of the surgery, a bad taste in your mouth, or a fever, this may be a sign of infection and you need to contact us immediately so that we can suggest an appropriate treatment for you.

Are you interested in learning more about wisdom teeth extraction? Give us a call at (503) 765-7300 to schedule an appointment. We are happy to help you learn more about your smile!
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