Wisdom Teeth

Main Family Dental Care
General Dentistry located in Davenport, IA, and Quad Cities, IA

Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth become impacted and cause infection or pain, they often need to be pulled. Trust experienced cosmetic and general dentist Lynn Griebahn, DDS, at Main Family Dental Care in Davenport, Iowa, and Quad Cities, Iowa, with wisdom teeth extraction. Dr. Griebahn goes to great lengths to make sure each step, from planning oral surgery to the procedure itself and the post-operative recovery, is smooth and straightforward. To learn more, call Main Family Dental care today or book a wisdom tooth extraction consultation online today.

Wisdom Teeth Q&A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, or “third molars”, are pairs of teeth that come in behind your second molars on either side of your mouth, well after the rest of your permanent teeth have come in. You typically notice your wisdom teeth coming in during your young adult years, between the ages of 17 and 25.

Since they come in once the rest of your adult teeth are already in place, there often isn’t enough room for them. That’s why wisdom teeth are known for causing spacing issues and creating a host of oral health problems. In many cases, they need to be extracted.

Why do I need my wisdom teeth extracted?

Wisdom teeth can cause crowding or come in at an odd angle, which may lead to health problems and painful symptoms. Their overcrowding can create new pockets where bacteria from the food you eat can accumulate. It can then make flossing more difficult and allow plaque to build up.

Also, wisdom teeth that have become impacted and push up against bone and surrounding teeth can cause facial and jaw pain or swelling, not to mention infection. The longer you let the problem persist, the more damage wisdom teeth can cause to neighboring teeth and their roots.

How does wisdom tooth extraction work?

Dr. Griebahn performs oral surgery to comfortably extract your wisdom teeth.

First, he makes an incision in your gum line that exposes your wisdom teeth and the bone. Carefully, he removes any bone that restricts access to the roots of the teeth. If necessary, he divides the tooth into sections and removes the tooth piece by piece.

After removing the tooth, Dr. Griebahn cleans the treatment area and gets rid of any remaining tooth or bone debris. Lastly, he stitches up the incision to heal the wound and places gauze on the extraction site to control any bleeding.

What is the recovery from wisdom tooth extraction like?

Dr. Griebahn will prescribe pain medication and plenty of rest after a wisdom tooth extraction. Your recovery can take anywhere from a couple of days up to a week or so. During that time, he closely monitors your recovery and you can call up the office any time with questions or concerns.

Since your teeth will be very sensitive during recovery, you’ll have to stick to a diet of soft foods that are easy to get down. This may include items like:

  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Ice cream
  • Apple sauce
  • Porridge
  • Bananas

If you’re noticing complications with your wisdom teeth and would like a consultation regarding an extraction, call Main Family Dental care today or book an appointment online.

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