Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth erupt in the back of the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 21 years old. Some people never experience problems with their wisdom teeth, but others experience pain, swelling, gum disease, an accumulation of bacteria, decay, root damage or other problems when they erupt. Others experience impaction, which occurs when the teeth remain buried in the jaw bones. If you are experiencing any of these issues, your DC Dental Spa dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction.
Advancements in dentistry have made the common surgery more comfortable and efficient than ever before, and your dentist may use several anesthetic options to reduce discomfort both during and after the procedure.
During a normal wisdom teeth extraction, a local anesthesia is administered and the teeth are loosened with a special instrument. The teeth are then removed and sutures may be applied.
The process for extracting impacted teeth is more involved because the dentist must remove gum tissue and cut through the overlying bone to remove the teeth.
All patients respond differently to the surgery, but most do not experience a major disruption in activities. Many people return to school or work the day after surgery, even when all of the wisdom teeth have been extracted at once.
Complications from the surgery are rare, but swelling and some discomfort may occur. Our staff will give you comprehensive post-operative instructions before you leave the office, and our team is on hand in the evenings and on Saturdays to answer any questions you may have once at home.
If you have questions regarding wisdom teeth removal or would like to learn more, or for appointment requests, please refer to our Dental Health Center, and for appointment requests or if our dental team can be of service, please call (202) 333-9282 or contact us via email.