Wisdom Teeth Removal in Tumwater, Washington

Your third set of molars, also known as your wisdom teeth, are the last adult teeth that erupt. Normally people have four wisdom teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom, but sometimes people can have less or none at all. Traditionally these teeth can come in around ages 18-22 when all of your other permanent teeth are already set in your mouth, which can create several dental problems.

At Affordable Dental Care, we highly recommend that you remove your wisdom teeth for many reasons. This surgical procedure can be lengthy but is something that will save you pain and possible damage to existing teeth in the future. If you start experiencing unexplained toothaches in the back of your mouth, it may be time to come into our office and see if it is time to get them removed. If you are in the Tumwater, Washington, area, do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are starting to think about wisdom teeth removal. 

Why should I have my Wisdom Teeth Removed? 

  • At the ages of 18-22, all of your permanent teeth, other than wisdom teeth, will have erupted and fully grown into your mouth. Wisdom teeth are known to come in at an angle due to the lack of room for them in your jaw bone. Because of this, when wisdom teeth start to erupt, the surrounding molars could be at risk for serious damage. 
  • If by chance your wisdom teeth are growing straight up, they can start to shift all teeth forward to make room. This causes serious crowding and crookedness in our already set teeth. Misalignment and serious pain will occur when these teeth are forced to move together. 
  • One of the main reasons why it is suggested and recommended to have your wisdom teeth removed is because even if there is plenty of room for them to grow in, they are in a hard-to-reach area and can accumulate a lot of decay. Some may struggle to keep their wisdom teeth clean meaning that much restorative work would have to be done. 

What is the Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Removal? 

The first step in removing your wisdom teeth is to receive a referral from our dental professionals highly encouraging you to get them removed. Once it is in place to have them removed, a separate appointment will be made for your surgery. 

Because this is a surgical procedure, deep anesthetic and sedation are needed to keep the patient still during the procedure. Typically IV sedation is used to put the patient to sleep, while heart rate and respiratory breaths are closely monitored. 

The surgeon will start by opening the gums just above the wisdom tooth and widening the tooth socket to make the tooth easier to remove. Depending on where the tooth is located (the depth) the surgeon may need to cut down into the jaw bone. Once the tooth is removed, the hole will be cleaned and stitched closed. Depending on the number of wisdom teeth being removed will determine the length of the procedure. 

Recovery Time for Wisdom Teeth

Recovery time for wisdom teeth looks different for everyone, but most people average 7-10 days before they feel like their mouth functions normally again. After removing your wisdom teeth, you will experience some puffiness in your mouth and your jaw bone will feel stiff. It is important to only eat soft foods and to not use a straw when drinking, as the sucking sensation could cause a dry socket. We recommend rinsing your mouth with saltwater to clean your mouth and avoid any infection. 

At Affordable Dental Care, we want you to know that you are in the best hands possible. Dr. Dhanoa has the highest education possible and his patients always claim him to handle each situation in a professional manner. Whether you are new to the area of Tumwater, Washington, or you are a lifelong resident, come visit us today!