Get Help With Troublesome Teeth
If your wisdom teeth have not fully erupted and are “impacted,” a surgical extraction will be needed to remove them. In this procedure, your mouth is numbed and cleaned. Then, Dr. Colt or Tuttle will create a small incision in the gum tissue near your wisdom tooth.
Through this incision, they will access the impacted tooth and begin to cut it into small pieces. Then, the entire tooth will be extracted bit-by-bit until it has been completely removed. After this, the surgical area will be disinfected and sutured shut so it can heal.
Regardless of the type of extraction you get, your healing and aftercare instructions will be similar. You will need to carefully follow this set of instructions provided by Dr. Tuttle or Dr. Colt in order to ensure your mouth heals properly.
You’ll need to do things like eat mostly soft foods for at least a week, avoid using straws or spitting forcefully for 24-48 hours, and avoid heavy exercise for a few days after your treatment. Follow their instructions to the letter to ensure your mouth heals quickly.
At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we always prioritize your safety and comfort, which is why we offer both nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation for your extraction appointment. Sedation, along with local numbing, ensures you won’t feel any discomfort, and can feel safe and comfortable while you get the care you need in Colorado Springs. Contact us now to learn more about your sedation options!
Patients don’t always need to have their wisdom teeth removed, especially if they aren’t causing any problems and are coming in at the correct angle. The primary reason wisdom teeth are commonly extracted is that they often come in at the wrong angle or are impacted. This makes them difficult to clean and they often push against the surrounding teeth.
Wisdom teeth can cause pain, repeated infections, orthodontic problems, damage to the surrounding teeth, sinus problems, and an increased risk for tooth decay. However, these issues don’t always occur in every individual. Some people are lucky and their wisdom teeth grow in properly, causing no problems.
We recommend that you come in to have x-rays taken so we can look at their position in your jaw to determine if they will cause problems in the future. Just because you aren’t experiencing pain or complications now doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.
Wisdom teeth removal is only considered urgent if your wisdom teeth are impacted and causing problems such as tooth pain, infection, damage to your other teeth, bleeding, swelling, jaw pain, sensitivity, or fever.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should have your wisdom teeth removed right away in an emergency dental appointment. When the teeth are impacted, they aren’t able to completely erupt through the gums. This can cause pain and trap bacteria in gum pockets that lead to infection.
For an emergency removal, contact us at Tuttle Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle.