Wisdom Teeth Removal In Warrensburg And Oak Grove, MO
Relief From Your Tooth Pain
Wisdom tooth pain can be uncomfortable, irritating, and downright painful, and unfortunately, it isn’t the type of pain that goes away with a good night’s sleep. Rather than live with the unnecessary pain, our experienced dentists Dr. Young and Dr. Kingsolver have a swift solution with gentle wisdom tooth removal. We proudly serve patients in the Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City, and surrounding areas thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg and Oak Grove. Read on to learn how our dental professionals can remove your problematic wisdom tooth so that you can return to a pain-free smile.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the extra set of molars located in the very back of your mouth. They’re the late bloomers of your teeth and usually emerge during your late teens or early twenties. For some people, these teeth come through with no problems. However, for many patients, wisdom teeth may cause painful symptoms and further oral health issues, and removing them is the best option.
Like all of your teeth when they first come in, wisdom teeth want to emerge and grow. But they aren’t always positioned or angled properly to do that and, as they emerge, can push against your other teeth, causing them to become impacted. Impacted teeth are teeth that fail to come through the gum line, often leading to uncomfortable symptoms.
Unfortunately, your wisdom teeth won’t intuitively stop growing just because they run into your other molars. Because they don’t stop, you may experience severe pain, overcrowding of your teeth, and possible infection if the issue isn’t taken care of.
It’s most common for impacted wisdom teeth to be removed completely in order to avoid further damage and oral health issues. If you suffer from one or more impacted wisdom teeth, getting them removed quickly can save you pain in the long run.
Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
While they can be painful, impacted wisdom teeth aren’t always visible to the naked eye, so some patients may not be immediately aware of them. You may have an impacted wisdom tooth if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Tenderness or pain in the gums and/or jaw
- Jaw aches
- Inflammation or bleeding of the gums
- Limited jaw function
These symptoms alone may not always indicate an impacted wisdom tooth, but scheduling a consultation with either Dr. Young or Dr. Kingsolver and they’ll confirm if this is the case. Prolonging wisdom teeth removal can result in severe pain and additional health complications.
What to Expect With Wisdom Teeth Removal
The process of removing an impacted wisdom tooth is safe, effective, and relatively quick. You can expect the procedure to take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete, and thanks to the use of effective numbing agents, you’ll feel little to no pain.
In most cases, you’ll be awake during the procedure unless sedation is necessary. Otherwise, one of our Missouri dentists Dr. Young and Dr. Kingsolver will begin by administering either a local or general anesthesia to numb the extraction area. This will allow you to remain comfortable during the procedure.
Once the anesthesia has set in, your dentist will gently separate the wisdom tooth from the gum tissue to allow for painless, fast extraction. Afterward, they will carefully stitch up your gums.
For the first couple of weeks following the extraction, it’s important to keep the extraction site as clean as possible. You may experience pain following the procedure as you heal, but this can be treated with prescribed pain medications as needed.
We will provide you with any additional instructions for post-procedure behaviors to ensure a seamless and relatively painless healing process. If you experience a fever or progressively worsening discomfort, notify us at (660)-747-9117 immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort from impacted wisdom teeth, having them extracted is the only method for relief. For the rare cases where wisdom teeth emerge without impaction or pain, having them removed may not be necessary.
However, it’s recommended that you get an evaluation to determine if your wisdom teeth require extraction. This can be especially helpful for young adults to do as a precautionary tactic before any pain sets in.
During the evaluation, one of our experienced dentists will perform an exam and an X-ray, which can show impacted wisdom teeth, any damage to neighboring teeth, or potential complications from future tooth eruption.
Not having your impacted wisdom teeth removed causes greater discomfort and pain than what you’ll experience during or after extraction. During the procedure, the extraction area will be thoroughly numbed so your experience will be painless and comfortable.
You may experience some discomfort after extraction but as long as you follow the post-procedure instructions as directed, your healing process will be fast and relatively painless as well.
Depending on the type of anesthesia used, you may be able to drive yourself home. However, we strongly recommend you arrange a ride home after your procedure.
If you’re given local anesthesia, driving shouldn’t be a problem, but with general anesthesia or sedation, it won’t be safe to drive following the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment At Ridgeview Family Dental
When it comes to wisdom teeth, delaying treatment can lead to a prolonged and unnecessarily painful experience. Our Missouri dentists Dr. Young and Dr. Kingsolver are dedicated to taking care of all your dental needs to ensure your smile is both beautiful and healthy.
When you’re ready to get your oral health back on track, schedule your appointment today by calling one of our offices at (660)-747-9117 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you. Or fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll reach out to you. We serve Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City, MO, and surrounding areas thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg and Oak Grove.