|Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Why are Wisdom Tooth Extractions Necessary?
Your wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, generally come in before age 25. You have four of them in the back corners of your mouth - two on the top and two on the bottom. For some individuals, the wisdom teeth erupt without any problems. However, others may have problems if the wisdom teeth cause crowding, become impacted, or erupt in an improper position. In such cases, patients will need to undergo a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth.
Potential Complications for Wisdom Teeth
Dr. T. James Dix will take note of the following as your wisdom teeth come in:
When are Wisdom Tooth Extractions Necessary?
If you visit our office for a check-up exam once every six months, Dr. T. James Dix can effectively monitor the development of your teeth. If the dentist finds something problematic about your wisdom teeth, we’ll look further, take X-rays, and discuss possible treatment options.
Wisdom teeth are generally taken out when we notice signs of:
Wisdom Tooth Extractions Can Prevent Future Problems
If your wisdom teeth become impacted, we can avoid future dental problems if we remove them. It’s worth noting that patients who opt for wisdom teeth removal rarely have any serious complications. Predicting future problems is nevertheless difficult. However, if you get your wisdom teeth extracted, you’ll have much healthier teeth down the line. Consider the following:
After the Surgery
Usually, a follow-up appointment after wisdom tooth extraction surgery is not necessary unless you experience complications. Examples of these complications include chronic pain, numbness, swelling, or bleeding, which can indicate an infection or nerve damage. We might also call you back in to remove your stitches, as they are not dissolvable. If you have any other problems, contact us immediately so we can determine a fitting treatment option.
If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, call us today at (804) 280-0853.
Dr. T. James Dix
2821 N Parham Rd #102
Richmond, VA 23294-4412