If you begin experiencing gum pain in late adolescence or early adulthood, then your wisdom teeth may be on the way. Make use of your emerging wisdom by giving Dr. Stephen Strout a call about wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Strout is a leading periodontist in St. Augustine, FL, and he can perform your procedure quickly and safely.

An Overview of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are large molars that erupt after the rest of the adult teeth have emerged. Not everyone has wisdom teeth, but those who do have them usually lack the jaw space to accommodate them. When wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow, they become impacted, which can cause damage and infection to the surrounding teeth. To prevent these unwelcome side effects, impacted wisdom teeth should be removed.

The Procedure

Before you undergo your wisdom teeth surgery, your doctor will determine how many wisdom teeth you have and how many need to be removed. During the procedure, you will be sedated for about two hours. Your periodontist will extract the impacted teeth and any bone surrounding them and then stitch the removal sites. It will take several hours for your anesthesia to wear off after you wake up, so you will need to have someone with you to take you home.

Recovery

Recovery from wisdom teeth surgery can be uncomfortable, but your treatment team will provide you with appropriate pain management strategies. You will have some bleeding and swelling for a few days, and you should eat soft foods such as pudding and yogurt at first. After a week, you will have your stitches removed at a follow-up appointment.

Make an Appointment

Wisdom teeth removal is a straightforward procedure that has strong benefits for your overall health. You do not have to keep putting up with the pain of impacted wisdom teeth. Call Dr. Strout at Advanced Periodontics and Implant Surgery to schedule an appointment.