The Importance of Removing Wisdom Teeth

While wisdom teeth may not be accompanied by wisdom, dentists and oral surgeons alike can agree that early removal is a wise decision in order to maintain your oral health. With offices in Lorton and Springfield, Dr. Snehal Patel is available to assist patients seeking wisdom teeth removal before dental damage occurs. 

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Impacted ToothAs the third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop after birth. While they begin to grow around the age of 10, wisdom teeth do not begin to emerge until young adulthood. When the teeth are ready to surface, often there is not enough space in the jaw for these teeth to accommodate the extra teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth are often impacted, or unable to fully emerge due to the lack of space. The teeth grow anyway they can, potentially causing damage to the remainder of your dentition.

Why Should I have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Even if you don’t feel them, impacted wisdom teeth can severely damage the surrounding teeth, resulting in even more dental issues. By attempting to push other teeth out of the way, wisdom teeth can displace teeth alignment, negating any prior orthodontic work you may have had done. 

Because they can be extremely difficult to clean, impacted and partially impacted wisdom teeth are especially vulnerable to dental decay. This puts both your teeth and gums at risk of cavities and the onset of gum disease. If left untreated, these secondary complications can require extensive treatment in order to prevent disease progression and halt any damage to the surrounding teeth and tissue. 

When should I have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?

To ensure a speedy procedure, Dr. Patel recommends that wisdom teeth are removed before the tooth’s roots are fully formed and the jaw hardens. 

While the procedure may seem daunting, wisdom teeth extraction is a simple procedure completed within 1.5 hour. Using local anesthesia, Dr. Patel makes an incision into the soft tissue above the impacted tooth and removes any bone or tissue covering the tooth. The impacted tooth is then extracted, the surgical site is stitched and the patient is free to return home for recovery. 

What can I Expect After Surgery?

As wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure, patients are encouraged to relax and give themselves time for full recovery. During the initial consultation and following the procedure, Dr. Patel gives each patient specific instructions to follow that will ensure proper healing of the surgical site. You will also be scheduled for a follow-up appointment where Dr. Patel will examine the socket and verify that it is healing correctly. 

In the event the surgical site bleed uncontrollably or you develop dry socket, Dr. Patel encourages his patients to contact him to schedule an emergency appointment.

Contact Us Today!

If you are facing wisdom teeth extraction, contact our Lorton and Springfield offices today! Dr. Patel is a leader in providing patients with exceptional care during invasive procedures. Serving the communities of Lorton and Springfield as well as the surrounding areas, we accept both new patients as well as referrals for wisdom teeth extractions.