Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Medford, OR
Removing Third Molars to Protect Your Health
Not everyone will get wisdom teeth, but of those who do, the vast majority – 85% -- will need to have them removed. That’s because these extra teeth can cause all sorts of long-term health problems. At Premier Care Dental, we can perform wisdom tooth extraction in Medford so that the rest of your smile can stay healthy and straight. If you or someone in your family might need this procedure in the near future, contact our office today!
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth – also called third molars – are the last teeth to erupt on either side of the jaw. They usually come in around the ages of 16 to 25. Unfortunately, because they erupt so late, more often than not there won’t be enough room, leading to all sorts of problems. Some wisdom teeth won’t erupt at all, instead becoming impacted.
While wisdom teeth are common, not everyone has them. In fact, about 35% of the population will never develop third molars. The remaining group will need to consider whether they’ll need wisdom teeth extractions in Medford.
Why Wisdom Teeth May Need to Be Removed
Wisdom teeth that don’t come in properly can lead to:
- Overcrowding in the mouth that causes the other teeth to become damaged and misaligned
- Constant pain and irritation
- An increased risk of cavities and gum infection
- Difficulty eating
- Damage to the sinuses
Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to Be Removed?
Sometimes it’s actually possible to leave wisdom teeth in your mouth without negative long-term consequences. This is only possible for healthy molars that have grown in completely. They also need to be positioned correctly, meaning they won’t cause any damage to their neighbors and they don’t negatively affect the force of your bite. Finally, you need to be able to reach them well enough for effective brushing and flossing so that you don’t develop cavities.
If all of these conditions are met, you can keep your wisdom teeth without issue; if there’s a problem, though, removing the tooth could be the only option. We’ll examine the state of your mouth and decide whether an extraction is necessary.
Like with many restorative procedures, we can use sedation dentistry to make sure you remain calm and comfortable throughout the process. During the extraction, we’ll remove small amounts of gum and bone tissue to access the roots of the teeth. We can remove the entire tooth at once or divide it into pieces; we’ll then clean the site and place gauze on the wound to stop any bleeding.
You may experience discomfort and swelling afterwards that can be controlled by medication and ice packs. Plan on eating soft foods and limiting physical activity for a few days.