By the age of 18, you may have more teeth in your mouth than you can comfortably handle. Then, when your wisdom teeth come in, you may experience discomfort and pain due to overcrowding. At Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center in Lansing, Michigan, Dr. William Schiro offers wisdom tooth extractions in a caring and compassionate office setting to ensure proper teeth alignment and alleviate your pain. Learn more about the benefits of wisdom tooth extraction by calling his friendly office staff directly.
What is a wisdom tooth?
Your mouth can accommodate 28 adult teeth. When your third set of molars, known as your wisdom teeth, come in, you can suffer from numerous dental issues, including pain and misalignment of your other teeth.
Wisdom teeth can also grow in sideways or emerge only partially from your gum. These impacted or trapped teeth can cause damage to your tooth that leads to decay or infection.
Eventually, untreated infection begins to destroy your jawbone and harm your other teeth.
Why should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed. That’s why Dr. Schiro evaluates the positioning of your teeth to determine if extraction can prevent oral health complications. He may recommend surgical extraction if you experience pain or have difficulties with the eruption of a wisdom tooth.
In some cases, wisdom teeth must be removed soon after they erupt through your skin (around the age of 18). If you don’t immediately experience pain or problems with your wisdom teeth, a period of monitoring may be necessary.
What can I expect during wisdom tooth extraction surgery?
Dr. Schiro can provide sedation services to keep you comfortable during your procedure. The extraction process only takes a few minutes per tooth, provided there are no complications.
Once he removes the affected wisdom teeth, he closes the wound with sutures. You can expect to have clean gauze packed in the extraction area to control bleeding.
How do I care for the extraction site?
Dr. Schiro always takes the time to provide you with complete aftercare instructions to prevent infection or postsurgical complications. You may require a course of antibiotics and over-the-counter or prescription medications to manage any discomfort.
For the first few days after your surgery, you may need to limit your diet to liquids or soft foods. Dr. Schiro may instruct you to avoid brushing the extraction site for a few days to allow your jaw to heal properly.
Do I need a surgical follow-up appointment?
One week following your surgery, you schedule another visit with Dr. Schiro so he can remove your sutures and check your healing process. He also evaluates your surgical site for signs of infection and asks if you have any questions.
Over time, your jaw heals, and the extraction hole gradually closes. Until that time, practice good oral hygiene to keep food and other debris from getting into your jaw and causing complications.
To find out about tooth extractions from a compassionate and highly skilled dentist like Dr. Schiro, call his friendly office team.