Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in, and they are often too large for the human jaw to accommodate. For that reason, they bend and grow in hurtful ways, resulting in becoming impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth were used by our ancestors to eat tougher foods, such as raw meat, which is not something we need anymore. For that reason, our jaws have become smaller and wisdom teeth may come in inappropriately. At Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, Dr. Michael Nguyen is a professional at impacted wisdom teeth extractions and would be happy to help if you are suffering from the symptoms.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Because wisdom teeth are no longer useful, they may inappropriately grow into the jaw. This may cause painful symptoms, including:
- Infections and swelling: If this goes untreated, wisdom teeth infections could cause swelling in the face and damage the teeth and gums that are nearby. At Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, Dr. Nguyen would recommend having them removed to minimize the discomfort and damage to other teeth and gums.
- Pain: Jaw pain and swelling of the gums can be a clear sign that the wisdom tooth is impacted. It is very important to check in with your dentist if you are experiencing such symptoms to see what the best playoff action is.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extraction
If your dentist believes that extracting the impacted wisdom tooth or teeth is the best option, this is how it is done. Dr. Nguyen would begin by giving you a local or general anesthetic depending on the severity of the impact. The procedure begins with a small incision around the impacted tooth such that the dentist could extract it easily. After removal, your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions that should be followed appropriately. Because of the small incision, there will be a few stitches after the extraction.
If you suspect that you need an impacted wisdom teeth extraction, please contact Dr. Nguyen at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, at (678) 305-9916 for an appointment. The longer you wait, the more severe the impact, so act fast!