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Most patients require wisdom tooth removal to prevent potentially serious complications. At our Fairfax, VA, practice, we have been extracting wisdom teeth for over 30 years. We offer various sedation options to minimize discomfort and anxiety prior to and during the procedure. Dr. Charles D. Kirksey, Dr. Milan Simanek, Dr. Touraj Kamali, and our team use an advanced x-ray machine to determine the precise location of the wisdom teeth and facilitate easier removal. We can easily determine whether you or your child could benefit from the procedure during an exam.
The third molars, more commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are the molars that come in at the very back of the upper and lower jaw. They typically appear during a patient’s late teens or early 20s.
Wisdom teeth are prone to coming in at odd angles, which can cause pain and cause the other teeth to shift out of alignment. Even when the third molars grow in the proper direction, most patients do not have space in their mouths to accommodate such large teeth. At Fairfax Dental, we generally recommend most patients have these teeth removed. This eliminates any painful symptoms associated with the teeth and avoids complications in the future like misalignment.
For some patients, the wisdom teeth do not cause any pain, and they grow in at the correct angle. Even if they are not painful, these teeth can still cause problems. In addition to shifting other teeth out of alignment, impacting the effects of any prior orthodontic work, these teeth can become impacted. Partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth can eventually cause serious pain and may also become infected.
After determining your wisdom teeth should be removed, we will schedule you for surgery. The type of sedation and anesthetic used during this procedure varies depending on the number of teeth being removed and whether they are partially or fully impacted.
We offer various sedation options to minimize discomfort and use an advanced x-ray machine to determine the precise location of the wisdom teeth and facilitate easier removal.
Once you are sedated, your doctor will create incisions in your gums above the wisdom teeth. If the teeth are impacted, he may also need to open up the underlying bone. He can then separate the tooth into smaller pieces and extract them. To encourage blood clot formation at the sockets, he will place gauze for you to bite down on.
Most patients need at least a couple days off school or work after having their wisdom teeth removed, though many require three to four days. Your doctor can prescribe a pain medication to alleviate any discomfort and will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. For example, you should apply cold packs to your cheeks and jaw to keep swelling down. Stick to soft foods for the first couple days and avoid anything overly hot or that requires you to drink through a straw.
To learn more about your or your child's candidacy for wisdom tooth removal, or any of our other oral surgery procedures, we invite you to contact our dental practice online or call (703) 385-0303 and schedule an appointment today. Our friendly team would be happy to address any of your questions or concerns during your consultation.