Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Often, these teeth can become either partially or fully impacted, meaning that they disrupt nearby teeth and other tissues. In these cases, wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary to prevent more serious issues from developing. Dr. Kenneth Bagby and Dr. Erica R. Stokke in Billings, MT, offer gentle wisdom teeth removal services in a comfortable, friendly environment.
In many cases, wisdom tooth removal can help patients avoid painful and harmful oral health issues.
The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
While some individuals develop wisdom teeth with no issues, many others experience complications. The removal of wisdom teeth can provide several benefits:
- Prevention of damage to surrounding teeth
- Alleviation of issues affecting the sinus passages
- Relieving inflamed or swollen gums
- Prevention of tooth overcrowding
- Prevention of cavities
- Easier brushing and flossing of remaining teeth
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause issues including:
- Red or bleeding gums
- Swelling or pain around the jaw
- Cysts or boils on the gums or other tissues in the mouth
- Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Difficulty opening the mouth, biting or chewing food
While these symptoms are often what prompt patients to seek attention, some elect to have their wisdom teeth removed as soon as they start to develop in order to avoid these issues altogether. It is best to attend six-month checkups on a regular basis, which will allow your dentist to monitor wisdom tooth development. He can explain your options and help you decide if and when you wish to remove your wisdom teeth.
While some individuals develop wisdom teeth with no issues, many others experience complications.
The process of wisdom teeth removal involves:
- Initial examination: Before the removal of wisdom teeth, patients will receive a complete oral examination. X-rays will help determine the position of the teeth and the best approach to removal.
- Anesthesia: For comfort, local anesthesia is administered. Dr. Bagby offers nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) options upon request.
- Wisdom teeth removal: If a wisdom tooth is impacted, an incision will be made in the gums and bone tissue to allow access to the tooth. Dr. Bagby will then loosen the tooth and gently lift it from the socket.
- Recovery: After the removal of wisdom teeth, the dentist may use sutures to close the incisions. The patient will then receive post-operative directions to follow at home. Gauze may be placed in the mouth to stop the flow of blood and help clots to develop. Patients may need a few days or up to a week of downtime, depending on the complexity of the case.
Contact Dr. Kenneth J. Bagby
If you have been told that your wisdom teeth need to be removed, or you suspect that you may need to have them removed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bagby. He has over three decades of experience and continues to study the most innovative dental practices and methods. We work with most insurance plans, and CareCredit® and LendingClub financing plans are also available to help patients budget for treatment. Contact us online or give us a call at (406) 252-1078.