Wisdom Tooth Removal
Capitol Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers wisdom tooth removal services in Concord and Peterborough, NH. To schedule an appointment call 603-225-0008 (Concord) or 603-784-5447 (Peterborough).
Wisdom teeth should be evaluated during the mid to late teen years due to their likelihood of developing problems. At Capitol Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we will perform a complete oral examination and take specialized dental X-rays to determine the positioning of the wisdom teeth and search for current or likely future issues. Early evaluation and removal, if appropriate, can dramatically boost your future oral health.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last of the three sets of molars. They are in the very back of the mouth on both the top and bottom jaws, and are the last teeth to emerge. Wisdom teeth are the least needed teeth, and are the most likely to have problems. Wisdom teeth are prone to partial or full impaction, as well as positioning issues that could cause the other teeth to shift and crowd together.
Are Wisdom Teeth Always Extracted?
At one time, conventional wisdom held that wisdom teeth should always be extracted, but this is no longer the case. If yours are straight, fully emerged, and do not crowd your other teeth, there is no need to remove them. However, serious complications can develop when wisdom teeth are impacted, twisted, or crowding the adjacent teeth. Tumors, cysts, infection, and shifting teeth are among the most common problems. It is always best to remove wisdom teeth before these complications occur, making early evaluation crucial.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
If we discover issues with your wisdom teeth, we will recommend extraction. For this relatively simple procedure, we will thoroughly numb your mouth. Sedation options are available if desired. Next, we will make a small incision to open the gum tissue, and remove any bone that is covering the tooth. We will then use dental forceps to grasp the tooth and remove it as gently as we can. In some cases, the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces for removal. Depending on the specifics of your extraction, we might need to use sutures to close the hole. We can remove one, some, or all of your wisdom teeth in a single appointment.
What to Expect Afterward
Many people are afraid to have their wisdom teeth removed, but this common procedure is nothing to fear. We use the latest techniques and technology to reduce pain. If you receive a prescriptions for pain and swelling, be sure to take them as instructed, rather than allowing pain to build. You will receive detailed aftercare instructions regarding eating, drinking, smoking, and oral hygiene, which you should follow precisely. Most people feel a lot better within 48 hours and can resume normal activities in approximately three days.
If you need your wisdom teeth evaluated or removed and are in Concord or Peterborough, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Call our office at 603-225-0008 (Concord) or 603-784-5447 (Peterborough) today.