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Wisdom Teeth

WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?

The third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth because they develop and erupt around the beginning of adulthood. Since these troublesome molars come in well after your adult teeth, they often mean trouble for existing teeth. Nearly 9 in 10 people will need to have at least one wisdom tooth removed in their lifetime. But if that time comes for you, Dr. Picot has your back.

Why do Wisdom Teeth need to be removed?

Often, there is not enough room in the jaw for all four wisdom teeth. These extra molars are also prone to growing in on an angle or becoming impacted. If they’re causing you pain and discomfort, it’s important to have them removed before they cause more serious pain or an infection.

Left untreated, the extra teeth can overcrowd the jaw, causing your existing teeth to shift, or even crack – not to mention the general discomfort you’ll feel while they erupt. If wisdom teeth grow in as normal, they may still need to be removed as their position all the way in the back of the mouth makes them difficult to clean and prone to infection. Dr. Picot will ultimately be able to determine whether you need to have your wisdom teeth removed once you come in for an appointment.

A Word to the Wise


Not everyone has wisdom teeth. About 35% of the world population will never develop them.

A Word to the Wise


Not everyone has wisdom teeth. About 35% of the world population will never develop them.

It Starts With a Plan

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Treatment Plan

If Dr. Picot decides your wisdom teeth need to be removed or may become impacted in the future, he will recommend a treatment plan that minimizes pain and recovery time. Then, you’ll decide when you’d like to have the teeth removed and make plans for the day of the procedure. We’ll explain what options you have for anesthesia and the general process of the removal.

 

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The Day Of

Depending on what kind of anesthesia you have planned for, you’ll need to make sure you have someone to pick you up from your appointment. After the procedure is complete, you will likely feel groggy and having a friend to help you home is always helpful. After you check in, Dr. Picot will begin preparing your mouth for the surgery to minimize risk of infection and review the teeth to be removed.

Dr. Picot will take the utmost care in releasing each tooth from its socket. Depending on the tooth, he may also stitch the empty socket closed to promote healing.

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Aftercare

When the procedure is complete and you’re back at home, you will probably experience some pain and swelling as the sockets heal and bones remodel themselves. Dr. Picot may prescribe pain medication or over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to combat these symptoms. Though many people recover quickly from wisdom tooth extractions, we recommend avoiding strenuous activity, hard foods, and smoking for at least a few days after the surgery.

Dr. Picot will want to check in with you a few weeks after the procedure. If you notice anything strange before your appointment like pus, excessive bleeding, fever, or extreme pain, call us for an emergency visit.

 

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