Wisdom Teeth Removal Tampa FL
“Do I really need my wisdom teeth removed?”
It is a question we often get at Dental Extraction Solutions, and the answer is straightforward. Dr. Salomon recommends most patients get their wisdom teeth removed before 24 years of age. As you age, the likelihood of problems increases, and wisdom teeth removal becomes more difficult. While your wisdom teeth may not currently be giving you problems, the odds are against you if you leave the wisdom teeth in place.
Why Should My Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Some people are resistant to having their wisdom teeth removed if they are not experiencing any symptoms. However, leaving your wisdom teeth in place now usually leads to problems that are more difficult to address later. These may include:
When wisdom teeth try to push through the gums unsuccessfully, an infection called pericoronitis can develop, leading to swelling, pain, and difficulty swallowing. Left untreated, it can recur, and the infection can spread.
Tumors or Cysts:
Pockets filled with fluid can form around the roots of your wisdom teeth if they are impacted. Cysts are resistant to treatment and can damage the jawbone and adjacent teeth.
Wisdom teeth, whether they erupt or not, crowd other teeth, pushing them out of alignment.
Damage to Other Teeth:
Wisdom teeth, especially if they partially erupt or are impacted, make it challenging to keep the neighboring teeth clean, leading to gum disease and tooth decay.
Tumors or Cysts
Damage to Other Teeth
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Consultation
Dr. Salomon does an oral examination and takes 3D digital images of the oral cavity to determine the location and position of your wisdom teeth at an initial consultation. From this information, he can reliably predict whether you will likely develop problems in the future. If you or your teen have not been evaluated, talk to your dentist or contact our office to schedule an appointment. We may recommend immediate removal or waiting and reevaluating at a later date depending on the condition of the wisdom teeth, their location in the jaw, and your overall health.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal
Patients typically undergo IV sedation for their wisdom tooth removal, making them unaware of what is happening during surgery and putting them into a relaxed state. Rest assured you will be appropriately monitored and cared for by our licensed, trained, and experienced staff.
We ask that anyone undergoing wisdom teeth removal be accompanied by a responsible adult on the day of surgery. You will take medications to relax you and alleviate pain but prevent you from driving. Be sure someone is available to take you home and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day.
Wisdom teeth extraction may take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the surgery. Our 3D imaging technology and surgical guides ensure minimal post-operative pain and swelling. We observe strict protocols for sterilization, infection control, and patient monitoring at all times.
Aside from prescription medications, you must not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before surgery. Once you are seated and comfortable in the surgical area, we will administer an IV sedative and a local anesthetic. After the surgery, you may be sleepy for several hours. Resting at home for the next few days will help the healing process. Minor discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter medications and ice packs.
The Day of Treatment
Please do not eat or drink anything prior to your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
Complications of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Complications following wisdom teeth removal are rare. Following your surgery, we provide detailed instructions for at-home care and may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. However, any surgery carries a small amount of risk, including:
- Nerve injury (more common in patients in their 40s and older)
- Sinus injury
- Dry socket
- Excessive bleeding
These complications are infrequent, and even less likely if wisdom teeth are removed when you are a teen or in your early 20s.
For Parents: Wisdom Teeth Removal for Teens
If your teen is getting their wisdom teeth removed, you may be anxious about them undergoing surgery. Your child is in good hands at Dental Extraction Solutions. Dr. Salomon and our professional dental staff are experienced in caring for teens and adults undergoing wisdom tooth extraction. We monitor patients closely, reassure them along the way, and are attentive to their needs.
You may be concerned about your teen’s comfort after surgery and how to control pain without using opioids. At DES, we focus on managing pain using an innovative medication called Exparel. This non-narcotic medication keeps the surgical site numb for up to three days. The most potent medicine your child should have to take will be Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
Suggestions for helping your teen through the healing process include:
- Give your teen plenty of time to rest. Watching television, reading, or playing video games while relaxing on the couch is best for the first two days.
- Make sure they sleep with their head elevated for the first few days.
- Encourage the use of ice packs to minimize swelling.
- Make sure your teen follows their post-operative care instructions.
- Stock your fridge with plenty of beverages and soft foods, avoiding anything carbonated or spicy.
- Do not allow any heavy lifting for 3-5 days.
- Do not let your child drink through a straw, as this can dislodge the blood clot that protects the surgical site.
If you or your child have not yet had their wisdom teeth removed, talk to your dentist or contact our office at 813-269-2344 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Salomon. Wisdom teeth extraction now can prevent a host of dental health problems later.
The Day of Treatment
Be sure to have an adult with you at the time of removal. Make plans to have a parent or responsible adult stay with you for the rest of the day, following wisdom tooth removal.