Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries our doctors perform at Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Chesapeake. And while having your wisdom teeth removed isn’t something you put on your bucket list, it’s a necessity for most men, women, and teens. There are several reasons why you may need wisdom teeth removal, and because our doctors want their patients to be well educated prior to any procedure, we will go over some of the most common reasons now.
Reasons to Have Wisdom Teeth Removal
One of the most common reasons why Chesapeake patients may need to have wisdom teeth removal is due to impaction. Impaction means that the wisdom teeth are stuck beneath the gum line and cannot emerge correctly. Impacted wisdom teeth might try to come out at an angle and partially emerge or be completely trapped under the gums. There are four main types of impaction—mesial impaction, distal impaction, horizontal impaction, and vertical impaction. Our doctors can perform wisdom teeth removal in order to alleviate any pain and discomfort you may be experiencing from impacted wisdom teeth.
Overcrowding is another common reason why you may need wisdom teeth removal. If your wisdom teeth do erupt, either partially or fully, they often cause overcrowding among the other teeth in your mouth. Therefore, it’s important to have wisdom teeth removal, so your other teeth remain unchanged, and the appearance of your smile is protected. Our doctors at Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Chesapeake can perform wisdom teeth removal to reduce overcrowding in your mouth and protect your surrounding teeth.
If you choose to leave your wisdom teeth in, they can lead to many problems, such as:
- Pain in the back of the mouth or along the jaw
- Swelling around the jaw or gums
- Bleeding from the gums
- Swollen neck and shoulder glands
- Tooth decay in teeth that have partially emerged
- Damage to surrounding teeth as the wisdom teeth try to push their way out
- Gum disease because of food that gets trapped under the gums around the partially emerged teeth
- Development of a cyst around the wisdom teeth
- Misalignment of other teeth in the mouth as the wisdom teeth try to erupt
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Once you have met with one of our doctors for your initial wisdom teeth removal consultation and the two of you have agreed upon a treatment plan, you will come into our Chesapeake clinic where you will receive local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, or general anesthesia to make sure you’re comfortable during your procedure.
Once you are completely relaxed, our doctors will then begin your wisdom teeth removal by making small incisions into the gum line in order to expose the teeth and bone. If you have excessive bone blocking your tooth root, our doctors may need to remove some of it in order to expose the bottom of the tooth. Additionally, if the tooth or teeth are severely impacted, our doctors may need to cut them into small pieces in order to remove them.
After all of your wisdom teeth have been removed, our doctors will close the areas with stitches to promote proper healing.
Let Our Doctors Perform Your Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you believe you need to have wisdom teeth removal, call our doctors in Chesapeake to schedule your initial consultation today at (757) 547-9725. Their ultimate goal is to provide you with a successful procedure to relieve your pain and discomfort.