Wisdom Tooth Removal Can Eliminate Pain and Prevent Complications

Wisdom teeth can cause painful shifts in other teeth, become impacted, or even lead to infection. Dr. Teddi Olszewski offers precise and gentle wisdom tooth removal at our Northampton, MA, office, incorporating effective anesthesia and sedation options to minimize discomfort. By removing the wisdom teeth, we can prevent and eliminate complications to preserve your oral health. 

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are sometimes referred to as a set of third molars that usually begin to appear between the ages of 17 and 21. In most patients, all four teeth develop. For a very small number of individuals, these teeth may erupt in their rightful place behind the existing back molars. Unfortunately, for many patients, the teeth only partially erupt, do not develop at the right angle, or are impacted within the jaw. Removal is typically recommended for any patient experiencing pain related to their wisdom teeth. 

3-d graphic of the jaw highlighting impacted wisdom tooth
Wisdom teeth can cause painful shifts in other teeth, become impacted, or even lead to infection.

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common and relatively simple oral surgery that can prevent potentially costly and painful complications. Dr. Olszewski offers gentle, effective sedation to help ensure your comfort during your procedure. You can work with her to determine the correct dosage. Sedation is typically used in conjunction with a local anesthetic, which will numb the surgical site. Once you are sedated and completely numbed, we will begin the process of removing your wisdom teeth. 

For teeth that are fully erupted, Dr. Olszewski will conservatively loosen the tooth before removing it, similar to a general tooth extraction. To remove partially erupted and impacted teeth, an incision is made in the gum and the tissues are moved aside. Dr. Olszewski will use special instruments to carefully remove any bone covering the tooth. Once your tooth is visible, she will loosen it from the surrounding tissues. To lessen the impact on your jaw, Dr. Olszewski may break the tooth into small pieces for easier removal. Once the wisdom teeth are removed, she will place sutures to close the incisions. She will also place gauze to absorb any blood or fluids and protect your sockets. 

Our team can provide effective treatment to protect your oral health and alleviate discomfort.

Although the procedure can seem intimidating, sedation and Dr. Olszewski's gentle techniques can make treatment a comfortable experience. Most patients are also given a prescription for pain relievers to help alleviate any post-operative discomfort. Provided you closely follow you post-op instructions, you can minimize your discomfort and prevent potential complications.

Benefits of Extraction

The primary benefit of removing the wisdom teeth is to prevent or eliminate pain and damage that develops because of this incoming set of molars. Wisdom tooth removal can prevent crowding in your existing smile, which could result in misalignment. Extraction also prevents damage to the existing teeth as well as the facial bones that can develop from impacted teeth or wisdom teeth that come in at an angle. Additionally, wisdom tooth extraction can prevent various gum conditions and infection that can develop from impacted teeth.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort that you suspect is associated with your wisdom teeth, contact our dental office today. Our team can provide effective treatment to protect your oral health and alleviate discomfort.

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