Wisdom Teeth Removal in Littleton, CO
At Summit Family Dentistry, we do everything we can to keep your dental care in one convenient location. Rather than referring you out to an oral surgeon or another dental practice, we offer affordable tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removals in-house. When you’re with us, your comfort is our top priority and we’re completely focused on making your experience as stress-free as possible. Call to schedule your consultation with our friendly team today!Contact us
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Simply put, wisdom teeth are just your third set of molars that erupt later than the rest of your teeth. In the past, wisdom teeth helped our ancestors chew more efficiently, but they are now quite unnecessary due to evolutionary changes in jaw size and our diet. In fact, some people never even develop wisdom teeth at all.
Cause for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Since wisdom teeth are not vital to our smile’s functionality, it’s often recommended to remove them due to the threat they pose on your surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth can become impacted before they fully come into the gumline, causing swelling and discomfort. Once they erupt, they often cause crowding and misalignment of your other teeth. Most often, we recommend removing them before they progress to this stage.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Dentistry is never one-size-fits-all and there’s no definitive time when you should have them removed. However, we hope to remove them before the point of complications. Each patient is unique and we’ll determine the best time to have your wisdom teeth removed on a case-by-case basis.
How long does the recovery for wisdom teeth removal take?
You should prepare to take two to three days off of work or school to recover from your tooth extraction. Your discomfort should subside shortly after, but it may take several weeks for your incision site to fully heal. Brush and floss with caution and incorporate solid foods into your diet as you feel comfortable.
What is the wisdom tooth extraction procedure like?
The form of anesthesia used will be determined based on how extensive your procedure is. Nearly all wisdom teeth removals are an outpatient procedure, so you’ll go home the very same day. After your extraction is completed, the effects of the anesthesia may take several hours to wear off and it’s critical that you have an alternative form of transportation prepared.