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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Columbia, TN

Preventing Extra Teeth from Ruining Your Smile

Mother and daughter smiling together after wisdom tooth extractions

Typically, wisdom teeth make their appearance between the ages of 17 and 25. At that time, it’ll be important to determine whether or not they need to be extracted. The good news is our highly-trained and compassionate team has conducted hundreds of wisdom tooth extractions in Columbia, TN. So, when it comes time for yours, we can make the experience as efficient, comfortable, and stress-free as possible, preventing extra teeth from ruining your smile in the process. If you want to learn more about the procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team or keep reading!

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Smiling child in dental chair during wisdom tooth examination

The third set of molars, called wisdom teeth, tend to come in between our late teens and early twenties. These extra teeth are not needed for your mouth to work properly. Many times, they cause more pain and problems than they are worth, and you need help from a Columbia dentist like Dr. Beck or Dr. Hart to determine whether you need them to be removed.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

X-rays of impacted wisdom teeth before extraction

When the wisdom teeth cause issues, those problems are often a danger to the rest of your mouth. Here are some of the problems that wisdom teeth can cause:

  • Tooth Decay : When the wisdom teeth come in only partially, they increase the likelihood of tooth decay and other damage to the surrounding teeth.
  • Teeth Crowding : Because the wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, the rest of your dental structure is already set. There may not be room for another set of molars, so overcrowding is the result.
  • Impacted Teeth : Your wisdom teeth may become impacted. This means your wisdom teeth come in contact with other teeth as they try to erupt, preventing them from fully emerging from under your gums. This can be a very painful situation and needs the immediate attention of a dentist at Beck Dental Care of Columbia.

What to Expect from the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

Columbia dentist explaining wisdom tooth extractions

Whether you are getting one wisdom tooth extracted or all of them, you’ll be given extensive instructions on how to prepare beforehand, like stocking up on soft foods and having a trusted adult drive you home after your appointment. Once it’s time for your procedure, our skilled dentists will numb your mouth thoroughly to ensure you won’t feel any discomfort. Plus, sedation dentistry is available as well, which is especially helpful during lengthy procedures or for patients who struggle with dental anxiety. When you’re comfortable and ready to begin, our team will remove your wisdom teeth one-by-one.

Recovering from Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Man smiling after wisdom teeth extractions in Columbia

Following your wisdom teeth removal in Columbia, some soreness is normal. To ease any discomfort and help prevent infection, you’ll be instructed to take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. Furthermore, you should stick to soft foods and place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek for 20-minutes at a time. As the days go on, the symptoms should dissipate. If they get worse, however, then it’s important to get in touch right away.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions Frequently Asked Questions

Teenage girl smiling after wisdom tooth extraction in Columbia

Is it about time that you have your wisdom teeth extracted? You may still have some unanswered questions about the procedure, so we’re here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most popular questions we receive about wisdom tooth extractions. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Contact our dental office and we’d be happy to walk you through the process and schedule you for an appointment.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Today, wisdom teeth seem to cause nothing but problems. However, they actually benefited our early human ancestors many years ago. Early humans ate a diet of raw foods, including meat, berries, nuts, roots, and leaves. Because they didn’t cut up or cook their food, chewing them required a broader jaw and strong molars. Since their jaws were larger, wisdom teeth rarely caused issues when erupting. Now that we eat softer, easier-to-eat foods thanks to cooking, cutting, and other preparation methods, wisdom teeth aren’t always a necessity. Because most people in modern times don’t have a large enough jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can end up causing more harm than good in the long run.

Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Painful?

The first step of wisdom tooth surgery is always numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic. It is also likely that you will be sedated during your procedure, therefore lowering your body’s ability to register pain. Your procedure should be entirely painless. It is common to experience soreness for several days afterwards, but by closely following the aftercare instructions of your dentist, you should feel back to normal within a week.

What’s the Best Age to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?

There isn’t a specific age when your wisdom teeth need to be removed, but most dental professionals recommend extracting them in early adulthood. Wisdom teeth can be removed later in life, but the procedure and recovery both tend to be easier when a patient is younger. If your dentist recommends that you have your wisdom teeth removed, it is better to do so sooner rather than later to avoid risks, like impaction, decay, cysts, and damage to surrounding teeth.

How Long Does Wisdom Tooth Surgery Take?

On average, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to extract a wisdom tooth, so removing all four can take up to 90 minutes. The time that it will take depends on the location and position of the teeth. Regardless of how long your procedure actually takes, you will probably find that it feels like barely any time has passed if you are undergoing sedation as well. Your dentist will be able to give you an estimate of how long your procedure will take beforehand.