When your last adult tooth comes in, you have all the teeth you will ever need. Unfortunately, several years later, wisdom teeth—located at the back of the mouth—show up. And too often, these teeth don’t behave.
Your dentist in Metairie often recommends the removal of these teeth for several reasons.
Troublesome Wisdom Teeth
If you’re fortunate, these teeth—four in all—come in without complications. They often aren't necessary, but at least they are not causing oral health issues.
However, many patients experience problems with these late-blooming teeth, including:
- Encroachment on other teeth, causing overcrowding and discomfort
- Partial eruption, leading to infection or leaving you vulnerable to infection
- Decay because these teeth are hard to reach with your toothbrush and floss
Your dentist will likely recommend extraction to save you from these issues and keep your oral health in top shape.
Removing Wisdom Teeth in Metairie, LA
Our skilled dentists have a lot of experience extracting wisdom teeth, and we plan your treatment carefully. This includes taking x-rays to look at root or nerve involvement.
Of course, we thoroughly numb the treatment area or areas before extraction. You will feel some pressure, but it is unlikely that you’ll feel pain.
When the anesthesia wears off, you can expect mild discomfort and swelling for a few days. Your Metairie dentist or your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever to see you through.
We also provide aftercare instructions to promote healing. Part of these instructions may include soft foods for the first day, not drinking through a straw, and you should avoid smoking or vaping because it slows down healing. Your dentist may provide more specific instructions based on your unique case.
For an Evaluation of Your Wisdom Teeth, Contact Our Dental Office
If you feel a tooth trying to erupt at the back of your mouth, or if you have pain in your jaw, we encourage you to reach out to a team member as soon as possible.