Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Family & General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in University Place, WA
Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom Teeth Extractions services offered in University Place, WA

Do you have wisdom teeth that are impacted, painful, or too big for your mouth? At University Place Smiles in University Place, Washington, the skilled dental team offers wisdom teeth extraction to reduce discomfort and your risk of dental complications. Call the office to learn more, or schedule an appointment online today.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions Q&A

What is wisdom teeth extraction?

Your wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that often appear between ages 17-21. While they can aid in chewing, many people don’t have enough room in their mouths for this last set of molars. Wisdom teeth extraction is a dental procedure in which your provider removes the affected teeth to reduce your chance of dental complications.

Why might I need wisdom teeth extraction?

Your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction if you have or are at risk of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth pain
  • Impaction
  • Tooth crowding
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Infections
  • Cysts 
  • Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth

To determine if you’re a candidate for the procedure, your dentist examines your teeth and gums, looks at the results of your dental X-rays, and reviews your oral health history. They tailor a dental treatment plan to your personalized needs.

How should I prepare for wisdom teeth removal?

Follow your dentist’s instructions to get ready for wisdom teeth removal. You must arrange for someone to drive you home afterward. Your provider may ask you to stop taking certain medications and stop smoking. 

What should I expect during wisdom teeth extraction?

During wisdom teeth extraction at University Place Smiles, you relax on a cushioned chair in a comfortable, welcoming room. Your dentist numbs the treatment area and offers you a sedative, which helps you relax or fall asleep. 

Your dentist then makes an incision if needed, removes your very back molars, and closes the incisions with stitches if necessary. They might also place gauze in the empty spaces to stop any bleeding. 

What happens after wisdom teeth extraction?

After the procedure, you rest in a recovery area. Have someone drive you home, take your medicines as directed, and keep the treatment area clean. Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity until given the okay by your dentist.

Begin eating a soft food diet while your mouth heals. Avoid vigorously brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, or drinking through a straw until your dentist gives you permission. Attend follow-up appointments at University Place Smiles as needed to ensure proper healing.

To find out if you need wisdom teeth extraction, call the University Place Smiles office or schedule an appointment online today.