Wisdom Teeth Surgery Made Easy in Pittsburgh
Play it Smart: get Wisdom Teeth out Early
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are commonly referred to as third molars, that are typically the last teeth to come in at the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Third molars usually do not erupt correctly and completely in the mouth. They need to be removed early in teenagers and young adults. If these third molars are not removed, they can crowd other teeth, develop gum disease, inflammation, and result in bad breath, bone loss, and potential decay of front teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Management
If your dentist or orthodontist recommends removal, or if you are feeling pain (swelling, infection) or crowding, schedule an appointment for a consultation. Dr. Khan will do a thorough exam and take a special panoramic x-ray (panorex) to determine the level of crowding and the positioning of the incoming wisdom teeth.
The panorex x-ray will reveal the positioning of your wisdom teeth and the level of eruption:
Reasons to remove wisdom teeth:
Surgical Removal of Wisdom Teeth
While surgery may sound scary, it is very common and often less painful than the discomfort associated with impacted wisdom teeth. In fact, approximately 85 percent of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
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How To Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Surgery
After your initial consultation and panorex x-rays, our office will review your insurance and payment options, and schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth removal. In most cases, patients undergo office IV sedation in a comfortable and easy process that minimizes pain. Our office staff has the training, licensing, and experience to provide several types of anesthesia.
You will be given pre-operative instructions to prepare you and your loved ones for the surgery:
On the day of surgery:
Our staff will follow up with you after the procedure to see how you are doing and to take care of any questions or concerns you may have. In most cases, it will be a relatively quick and easy process!
What to Expect after Wisdom Teeth Removal
Each patient has an individual reaction to the surgical procedure. In the majority of cases, after wisdom teeth removal, you may experience some minor discomfort, swelling and potential minimal bleeding. You should follow your post-operative instructions closely, and complete the course of medications prescribed. You should avoid driving, cigarettes, alcohol, and dairy products in the first week after surgery. You will want to limit your activities for a few days. You will need time to allow your body to heal before resuming an active schedule. Most patients are on the road to recovery in approximately 3 – 5 days.