Request Request an Appointment Forms Complete Our Forms Find Us Like Us on Facebook Reviews Leave a Google Review Call Map

Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Carmel, IN

How We Make Wisdom Teeth Disappear

Young woman sharing healthy smile

If you’ve ever heard of wisdom teeth, they can sound good at first. Who wouldn’t want pearly whites marked as wise? In reality, though, these chompers tend to cause trouble. Leaving them in your mouth will likely harm your oral health. As such, Dr. Springhetti and the rest of his team offer wisdom tooth extractions. This service will remove the unneeded molar to protect your smile. To learn more about it, continue reading or book a visit today!

Why Choose Springhetti Dentistry for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Dentist Experienced in Oral Surgery
  • Happy to Serve Adults & Teens Alike
  • Sedation Makes Every Procedure Comfortable

What are Wisdom Teeth?

A dentist pointing to a wisdom tooth in an X-ray

Put simply, wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to grow in. They’re located in the back of the mouth and act as your third molars. Usually, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.

In the present day, wisdom teeth aren’t needed. They once aided our species’ survival but no longer do. (The teeth don’t help with our modern diet.) As a result, not everyone gets them – people can be born with none, one, two, three, or all four. They don’t always need removal, either.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

A young woman undergoing a wisdom tooth extraction

In most cases, wisdom teeth threaten your smile. They’re thus removed before they can damage your long-term oral health.

You see, wisdom teeth often lack space to erupt properly. Most peoples’ mouths just don’t have room for them. Given that fact, the teeth can get trapped in your gums or jawbone. They could then cause pain, infections, gum disease, and even cysts.

If you need wisdom tooth removal, you may develop signs like:

  • Pain while eating
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Facial swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth

What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

Two wisdom teeth laying next to dental instruments

The steps for wisdom tooth extraction can vary. Normally, they’ll depend on whether your pearly white has erupted or not.

If the wisdom teeth have already erupted, things are pretty simple. Our dentists will first numb your mouth with an anesthetic. Next, they’ll use an elevator to lift the teeth. After gripping the latter with forceps, they’ll then wiggle them free of their sockets.

If the wisdom teeth are impacted, we’ll take a surgical approach. After numbing your mouth, our dentists will create a small incision in your gums. (This act gives them better access to the tooth.) From there, they’ll either extract the whole tooth or break it into pieces for removal.

Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Two wisdom teeth laying next to dental instruments

You’ll need to be careful to preserve your treatment results. So, make sure to use the after-care instructions below:

  • Take over-the-counter or prescribed medications as needed.
  • Avoid foods that are crunchy, hard, and sticky.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water 24 hours after surgery to clean the area.
  • Try not to drink through a straw.
  • Stay clear of tobacco products, as they can interfere with your healing.
  • Get ample rest for the best recovery time.
  • Keep your head elevated during sleep.
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack to decrease any swelling.

If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to call us. Our office is always ready to assist with wisdom teeth and the rest of your smile!