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Wisdom Tooth Removal – Wethersfield, CT

Extract wisdom teeth safely and comfortably

With proper oral hygiene care at home and regular checkups at the dentist, your teeth really can last a lifetime. However, there are times when tooth extraction is simply unavoidable. Wisdom teeth are one of those times. It does not matter if your wisdom teeth are impacted below the gum line or they have erupted. These large molars can be a risk to your oral health as well as your general health. That’s why wisdom tooth removal in Wethersfield is often recommended.

X-ray of impacted wisdom tooth

Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

There are several reasons why wisdom teeth often require extraction. First, your wisdom teeth are probably too large for your jaws. Our prehistoric ancestors needed these large teeth in order to chew their rough diets. Now, however, the human jaw is smaller, and we eat foods that are easier to digest. Therefore, wisdom teeth are now obsolete, making them more troublesome than worthwhile.

Secondly, wisdom teeth can hurt if they are putting pressure on adjacent teeth. And if you or your child has recently worn orthodontic braces, then this pressure can lead to alignment issues.

Other reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Tooth infection and periodontal disease
  • Trapped food particles that can lead to decay or infection
  • Damage to the bone

Woman in pain

The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process

Most of the time, wisdom tooth removal is a routine procedure that usually takes about an hour to complete. A local anesthetic is given to numb the tooth, surrounding gum tissue and bone. When possible, the dentist uses forceps to extract the whole tooth. If the tooth is especially large or impacted, then it may need to be sectioned before removal. In this case, a small incision is made in gum tissue and the wisdom tooth is surgically extracted.At the conclusion, sutures are placed over the surgery site and you’re given time to relax and recover.

Smiling patient in dentist chair

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery

After having any tooth extracted, you can expect some bleeding and swelling. For the first few hours after your procedure, apply a cold compress to your cheek. This will help reduce swelling. Discomfort can usually be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Proper healing requires nutrition. Eat a menu of soft foods for the first few days. When drinking, don’t use a straw—the suction can pull on tender gum tissue and your stitches if there are any.

In most cases, if the extraction site is kept clean and you follow our recovery instructions, your gums should heal in a couple of weeks. If you experience any trouble after tooth extraction in Wethersfield, don’t hesitate to call the office.