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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – DuPont, WA

Making Room for a Healthier, Happier Smile

A young girl seated in the dentist’s chair after having wisdom tooth extractions in DuPont, WA

Is your teen dealing with some discomfort in the back corners of their smile? Wisdom teeth are considered the third molars and most often erupt during the mid-late teenage years or early 20s. While not all wisdom teeth pose problems, many young adults often find that they need wisdom tooth extractions in DuPont, WA to create additional space in their mouth and eliminate the potential for future dental problems. If you are looking for the right team to perform this type of procedure, let the team at DuPont Family Dentistry be there for you and your teen. To learn more about how to find out if your child needs an extraction, contact our office today

Who Needs Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

An extracted tooth sitting between a pair of dental pliers

Individuals between the ages of 16 and 22 are often the ones who are most susceptible to receiving wisdom tooth extractions. Why? Because this is when these third molars attempt to make their appearance. Whether they partially erupt or remain impacted, most dentists determine that it is in the best interest of the patient if they are removed. Other reasons we might recommend an extraction is if:

  • Infection is present or could be a possibility
  • A cyst or tumor is present
  • The healthy teeth near the wisdom teeth are damaged

Types of Wisdom Teeth Issues Leading to Extraction

Digital image of an impacted wisdom tooth turned at an angle and pushing against the nearby healthy tooth

The three most common reasons for wisdom teeth to be extracted are that they are crowded, impacted, or causing sinus complications.

Crowded

If your teen’s wisdom teeth are shifting their healthy teeth in a way that causes overcrowding, it will be necessary to remove them to avoid future orthodontic treatment. Also, if there is already an issue of crowded teeth and their wisdom teeth cannot erupt successfully, this would also be cause for removal.

Impacted

When these third molars do not erupt past the gums and instead remain below the surface, this can create problems for the rest of the mouth as well as cause serious discomfort. Depending on their position and angle, impacted wisdom teeth can push against healthy teeth and cause an infection or a bite alignment issue.

Sinus Complications

For wisdom teeth located in the upper arch, these can become infected and as a result, create complications for your sinus cavity. Your maxillary sinuses sit right above your upper back teeth, making them an ideal target for wisdom teeth to cause problems (i.e. headaches, sinus pain, inflammation).

Post-Operative Care

A young girl with red hair holding a wisdom tooth next to her mouth and smiling after recovering from her extractions

Because this is a surgical procedure that can be completed one of two ways: simple or complex, your teen will need ample recovery time afterward to ensure a successful and healthy smile. It is during the first few days that a dry socket will be your greatest concern. This is when a blood clot forms but is dislodged due to too much pressure, or it dissolves before the area is fully healed. A dry socket can result in serious discomfort, so to prevent this from happening, try the following tips:

  • Do not sip or suck through a straw
  • Make sure you are getting plenty of rest
  • Avoid chewing as much as possible, especially if you had all your wisdom teeth removed. If only one or two on the same side, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack to alleviate discomfort and swelling
  • Continue brushing your teeth and flossing, but be careful not to get near the extraction sites
  • Take any pain medication or antibiotics as prescribed
  • Eat only soft foods in the initial days after surgery