When it comes to your teeth, Dr. Gerald Regni, Jr. and our team generally seek to save them and limit extractions whenever possible. However, wisdom teeth are a whole other ballgame since they often erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and try to take over space that can’t properly accommodate them, leading to overcrowding. To maintain the healthy spacing of your teeth, we provide wisdom tooth extractions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Wisdom tooth extraction is actually a common treatment that can be done after the tooth has erupted or before it pushes through the gum tissue. Should a wisdom tooth be impacted, it can leave you with severe pain and potentially result in the surrounding teeth shifting out of place. Impaction can happen when the tooth fails to come down straight but rather, at an angle.
Since wisdom teeth don’t serve a necessary function like the rest of your teeth because you already have the required number of molars, removing these “extra” teeth, or third molars, improves your oral structure rather than harms it. This is good because if you feel pain from an erupting wisdom tooth you should not ignore it. To determine if a wisdom tooth is fully impacted, Dr. Regni will need to take dental X-rays to see what is happening beneath your gums and advise you what should be done.
If Dr. Regni determines that your wisdom tooth requires removal, you can be assured that our team will make this procedure, which is typically done on an outpatient basis, to be done as comfortably for you as possible. Depending on the position of the tooth requiring removal, it can be done by our dentist or oral surgeon.
What You Can Expect
To help you relax comfortably, you may receive a local anesthetic and sedation as needed. Once the area is numb, the tooth will be carefully extracted with minimal stress on the jawbone. Generally, most patients have little to no pain post-op, other than swelling and mild discomfort for a few days. You will be given aftercare instructions to ease healing. You can use ice packs to reduce swelling or moist heat for soreness. You’ll want to stick to a soft-food diet and stay hydrated, but don’t drink through a straw or rinse vigorously to prevent loosening of the blood clots while your mouth heals. Healing can take a few weeks, and please remember that smoking can slow your healing progress.
If you are finding yourself in constant pain from a suspected wisdom tooth, we recommend coming in for diagnosis and prompt treatment and relief. Give us a call today at 215-351-9399 or use our online appointment request form to schedule your appointment. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, Dr. Gerald Regni, Jr. offers emergency dentistry services. Many times we can perform and extraction the same day.