Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Phoenix, AZ

We Can Remove Teeth Safely & Comfortably

Young man with healthy smile after wisdom tooth extraction

The goal of preventive and restorative dentistry is to help you keep all of your teeth for a lifetime. However, there are times when the best choice for your continuing health and wellbeing is tooth extraction. The development of wisdom teeth is often one of those circumstances. It does not matter if your wisdom teeth are impacted beneath your gums or if they have already erupted. These large molars could pose a threat to your oral health as well as your general health. That is why wisdom tooth extractions in Phoenix, AZ are often recommended for teenaged patients.

Why Choose Devoted Family Dental Phoenix for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Prevent Long-Term Complications Early
  • Knowledgeable and Experienced Dental Team
  • Oral Conscious Sedation Available

What is the Trouble with Wisdom Teeth?

X-ray of smile with impacted wisdom teeth

There are several reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted. First, wisdom teeth are usually too large for most people’s jaws. Our prehistoric ancestors needed these large teeth to chew the leafy vegetation, berries, seeds and tough meats that made up their diets. That is why Mother Nature gave them jaws that were big enough for these teeth.

In modern times, the human jaw is much smaller, and we eat foods that are easier to digest. Therefore, wisdom teeth have become obsolete so that they are typically more trouble than they are worth.

Reasons for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Animated smile with impacted tooth

One of the most common complaints about wisdom teeth is that they hurt. This is often because they are putting pressure on adjacent teeth. Furthermore, if you or your child has recently had orthodontic treatment, then this pressure can lead to alignment issues.

Other reasons for wisdom teeth extraction include:

  • A higher risk of tooth infection and gum disease
  • Trapped food particles that can lead to decay or infection
  • Damage to the bone

How Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Woman holding up an extracted wisdom tooth

Each patient’s case is different, but generally speaking wisdom tooth extractions in Phoenix are a routine procedure that do not take more than one hour to complete.

Step 1

First, the dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb the bone, gum and tooth. Devoted Family Dental Phoenix also offers oral conscious sedation if you would like to be blissfully unaware during your procedure. To learn more about sedation, speak to the dentist when scheduling your appointment.

Step 2

Once the anesthetic has taken affect, each wisdom tooth is surgically exposed. Whenever possible, the dentist will use forceps to pull the entire tooth. If the tooth is very large or impacted, then it may need to be cut and removed in sections.

Step 3

Finally, sutures are placed to help your gums heal. We will do everything in our power to make this process comfortable, smooth and worry-free.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare

Woman in need of wisdom tooth extraction holding jaw

Afterwards, our dentists will give you detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site. It is important to keep the gums clean and follow our recovery instructions so that the tissue heals without trouble in a few weeks.

Complications After Wisdom Tooth Removal

If you or your teenager experiences discomfort during recovery, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help. If pain becomes severe or a strong fever develops, call Devoted Family Dental Phoenix immediately. We are here to help without delay!

Wisdom Tooth Extraction FAQs

Wisdom tooth extractions in Phoenix

Wisdom tooth extractions in Phoenix can spur many patients to ask questions. Anytime oral surgery of any kind is necessary, it is normal to inquire about the process, aftercare, and potential risks associated. This is why our team at Devoted Family Dental is here to answer your questions and deliver additional clarity to topics you may feel uncertain about. We always invite you to contact our office after reviewing the information on our website in case you have any other concerns that you would like to discuss.

Does everyone have wisdom teeth?

Most individuals do have wisdom teeth; however, certain people can have at least one that is missing. Some, though, have no wisdom teeth at all. According to a 2015 article published in the Dental Research Journal, it is estimated that between 5-37% of people are missing one or more of their wisdom teeth.

The reason why some people never develop third molars remains a mystery, but genetics might play a role. Also, just because you cannot see your wisdom teeth does not mean they are not there. They could be impacted, which means they may be beneath the gumline. The only way to tell is to undergo digital X-rays.

How do you make wisdom teeth pain go away?

The only way to permanently eliminate wisdom teeth pain is to remove them. Only a dentist or oral surgeon can perform this type of procedure. In the meantime, you can try home remedies to alleviate some of the discomfort, such as:

  • Using an ice pack and towel and applying it to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes at a time. Performing this action every few hours can reduce swelling and create a numbing effect.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers as directed can help to provide temporary relief. Just make sure you do not apply aspirin to the hurting area, as it can worsen pain by irritating the tissues.
  • Using oral numbing gel with benzocaine to soothe your gums.
  • Rinsing with warm salt water for one minute before spitting it out and repeating throughout the day. This can help clear any trapped debris and minimize bacterial accumulations as well as soothe irritated tissues.

Should wisdom teeth be removed if they do not hurt?

Just because your wisdom teeth may not be hurting does not mean they should remain in place. It is possible they might cause discomfort in the future if they are not removed. Severe pain, infection, and other oral health concerns can be real threats, which is why if your dentist in Phoenix recommends removal, you should expect to go ahead with the surgery. The procedure should be scheduled as soon as possible to avoid:

  • Infection – Your wisdom teeth can trap debris and bacteria and cause a serious infection to form.
  • Jaw pain and headaches – Wisdom teeth can erupt at odd angles, placing additional pressure on your existing teeth and causing jaw pain and headaches.
  • Cysts – If wisdom teeth are not removed promptly, a fluid sac can form around them, growing into cysts that can damage your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
  • Orthodontic problems – If your third molars press against your healthy teeth, it can cause misalignment and the need for orthodontic treatment later on.

How soon can I eat after wisdom teeth removal?

It is best if you wait at least 1-2 hours after your surgery to eat. Keeping gauze on your surgical sites is essential during this time to help slow bleeding. You will want to eat once the anesthesia wears off, and you will need to stick to a liquid diet the first day before switching to a soft food diet the following few days. Once you feel more comfortable, you can begin to incorporate regular solid food into your diet. The normal timeframe for people to resume their normal diets is one week.