Your wisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars, which are the last teeth to develop and erupt in the mouth–typically between the ages of 17 and 21. Because they are often the last to develop, there might be little room left in the mouth to facilitate these new teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth often erupt sideways, only partially, or become impacted—meaning the tooth is blocked from erupting. When this happens, it is recommended that patients have a wisdom tooth extraction procedure in Elgin to relieve pain, alleviate any infection, and reduce swelling.
Wisdom Tooth Removal in Elgin
Wisdom teeth removal is a fairly common procedure, but it is surgical and many patients will be put under using a local or general anesthetic. Once the patient is sedated, the surgeon will remove the affected tooth or teeth. If the tooth is impacted, the surgeon will cut away gum and bone tissue to remove the tooth. While many general dentists in Elgin are trained in the removal of impacted or unerupted wisdom teeth, most wisdom tooth removals require the services of an oral surgeon.
Post Wisdom Tooth Removal in Elgin, IL
Following the extraction, some post-operative care may be necessary to facilitate recovery. This recovery period typically lasts a few days—although the length of your recovery varies depending on the type of procedure performed. There are several steps you can take to ensure proper healing and recovery following a wisdom tooth extraction in Elgin. Dr. Karr or Dr. Blazer, our dentists in Elgin, or an oral surgeon, will provide you with that information based upon your specific situation.
Contact us at Karr and Blazer Dental to learn more about wisdom teeth and to see if you might need yours removed.