Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Charleston, SC
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the large teeth that grow at the very back of your mouth.
At one time, wisdom teeth were needed to grind the tougher foods our ancestors used to eat. Today, however, we eat softer, more processed foods, and our jaws have adapted to our new diets. Unfortunately, this often means that wisdom teeth can do more harm than good, and it's become practically a rite of passage to have wisdom teeth removed if they give any indication that they might cause trouble.
At James Island Dental Associates, we provide surgical services, which can include the removal of wisdom teeth.
When Wisdom Teeth Require Extraction
Wisdom teeth typically become problematic early in life during your late teens or early twenties. Many dentists and surgeons recommend extracting them due to the lack of room people have for them to erupt normally into their mouths. The lack of space can cause several problems, including:
- Abscesses and other gum infections
- An inability to properly brush and floss the wisdom teeth, leading to decay
- Pain, sensitivity, and discomfort
- Crowding of other teeth, which can throw off the bite and lead to jaw pain and other issues
Common Symptoms of Troublesome Wisdom Teeth
Here are a few things you can expect when wisdom teeth begin to erupt:
- Painful jaw
- Sore gums
- Aching facial muscles
- Tooth pain
If not enough room exists for the full eruption of wisdom teeth, you may feel periodic pain as the wisdom teeth try to emerge and then recede again. This condition, known as impaction, may prevent teeth from emerging at all. This cycle can make jaws feel painful and even cause inflammation. Wisdom teeth may also press against your second molars, causing tooth pain. In both cases, an extraction can relieve pain and protect your bite.
If you already have crowded teeth, wisdom teeth can cause overlapping of teeth and affect the appearance and function of your bite.
Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Extractions
In most cases, we can remove your wisdom teeth right here in our Charleston dental office.
We will always use the appropriate level of anesthetic to numb the area. We even offer varying levels of sedation that we may recommend to make your treatment more comfortable – nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation. Depending on the complexity of your extraction, you may find treatment more comfortable with the assistance of sedation dentistry.
Contact Us for a Wisdom Teeth Evaluation
We will evaluate wisdom teeth with advanced digital imaging by taking either a panoramic x-ray or using our 3-D CBCT scan so that we can plan precisely prior to starting any treatment.
Call James Island Dental Associates at (843)762-1234 for a surgery consultation.