Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom Tooth Removal Coral Gables, FL

If a wisdom tooth doesn't have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection, cavities or other dental problems, you'll likely need to have it pulled.

As a preventive measure against potential future problems, Dr. Peggy Alvarez-penabad recommends that all patients needs to have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed, specially the ones with ages between 16 and 19 Because it’s the time this molars erupt and also teeth removed before age 20 have less developed roots and fewer complications.

Dr. Peggy Alvarez and the entire dental team, works hard to deliver you a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office. To learn more about Wisdom teeth Removal, we welcome you to contact us today at (305) 548-8690. We are committed to restoring your smile’s health.

What is a Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars), are the last permanent teeth to appear (erupt) in the mouth. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 and are located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.

Wisdom teeth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth. The process to extract a wisdom teeth it’s exactly the same as a regular Tooth Extraction. The only difference is that there is a increased level of complexity because of the location of the tooth inside the mouth.

Why Removing the Wisdom Teeth

Most people have them removed for one of these reasons:

  • They’re impacted. Because they're so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally.
  • They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful.
  • They come in at the wrong angle. They may press against your other teeth.
  • Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars.
  • You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.

What to expect from a Tooth Extraction

Before an extraction, Dr. Peggy will take a panoramic X-ray and depending on the expected complexity of the wisdom tooth extraction and the patients comfort level. She may use one the following sedation Options: Local anesthesia, Sedation anesthesia or General anesthesia. Dr. Peggy will also take the patient's medical history, noting allergies and prescription medications. A dental history is also taken, with particular attention to previous extractions (if any) and reactions to anesthetics. Dr. Peggy may then prescribe antibiotics or recommend stopping certain medications prior to the extraction.

During The Procedure

The wisdom tooth extraction process includes the following:

  • Make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone
  • Remove bone that blocks access to the tooth root
  • Divide the tooth into sections if it's easier to remove in pieces
  • Remove the tooth
  • Clean the site of the removed tooth of any debris from the tooth or bone
  • Stitches the wound closed to promote healing, though this isn't always necessary
  • Place a gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and to help a blood clot form

After Extraction Care

After an extraction, you'll be asked to bite on a piece of gauze for 20 to 30 minutes. This pressure will allow the blood to clot. You will still have a small amount of bleeding for the next 24 hours or so. It should taper off after that. Don't disturb the clot that forms on the wound.

You can put ice packs on your face to reduce swelling. Typically, they are left on for 20 minutes at a time and removed for 20 minutes. If your jaw is sore and stiff after the swelling goes away, try warm compresses.

Eat soft and cool foods for a few days. Then try other food as you feel comfortable. A gentle rinse with warm salt water, started 24 hours after the surgery, can help to keep the area clean. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a cup of water. Most swelling and bleeding end within a day or two after the surgery. Initial healing takes at least two weeks.

If you need stitches, Dr. Peggy may use the kind that dissolve on their own. This usually takes one to two weeks. Rinsing with warm salt water will help the stitches to dissolve. Some stitches need to be removed by Dr. Peggy or a surgeon.