Understanding the wisdom teeth

happy woman smiling looking beautiful and elegant Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro of Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry work with patients in and around the community of Mesa, AZ, who are interested in pursuing healthy smiles. For some, this may mean removing the third molars from the mouth, also known as the wisdom teeth. These teeth are known to be problematic for many patients, which is why extraction is often recommended by dental professionals.

What are the common issues surrounding wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are the main problem that we see with patients. This means that the natural tooth is growing in at an angle and not straight up and down like the rest of the teeth. When this happens, it can cause a lot of pain for the patient as well as damage to the other teeth nearby. It is vital to have impacted wisdom teeth removed before they cause any further damage. In other instances, the wisdom teeth may erupt but might be too far back in the mouth to effectively keep clean with brushing and flossing. Then they can be a liability when it comes to one’s oral health and wellness.

What is the extraction process like?

The extraction process will vary depending on each individual patient. In some cases, we may be able to remove wisdom teeth without having to make any cuts in the gums. However, in other situations, we might need to make small incisions in order to access and remove the wisdom teeth. Either way, we will numb the area before starting the procedure so that you will not feel any pain.

What is the recovery process like?

Recovery from wisdom teeth extractions is typically pretty straightforward. We will give you specific instructions on caring for your mouth after the procedure. This will usually involve things like eating soft foods and using ice packs to reduce swelling. Most patients return to their normal activities within a few days.

Learn more about the wisdom teeth during an appointment with our team

Mesa, AZ, area patients who are located in the community and are seeking a family-friendly dental provider may want to speak to the team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry. Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro can educate you further on common problems with wisdom teeth and help you in deciding if removal is right for you. Call 480-834-6991 today!

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