Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Kansas City, MO
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What Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Our final set of teeth, which usually emerge in the later adolescent years, are called wisdom teeth or the third molars. Positioned in the back ends of each arch, wisdom teeth often don't have adequate space to emerge efficiently, are hard to keep clean, and may require extraction to preserve general oral wellness. Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Matthew Hlavacek and Dr. Jason Baker provide wisdom tooth extraction for Kansas City, MO patients to enhance dental health and defend against malocclusion and deterioration. If you or a member of your family have problematic or impacted wisdom teeth, call for an exam at Kansas City Surgical Arts to find out about your care solutions.
What Are the Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction offers numerous oral and overall health benefits for individuals residing in Kansas City, MO, and beyond. Here are some key advantages that highlight the importance of this dental procedure:
- Pain alleviation: Say goodbye to wisdom tooth pain and discomfort, leading to an improved quality of life.
- Oral health enhancement: Proactive removal prevents infections, cysts, and damage to nearby teeth, preserving oral well-being.
- Simplified oral hygiene: Easier maintenance reduces the risk of gum disease and cavities.
- Preservation of dental alignment: Safeguard existing dental alignment by preventing pressure on neighboring teeth.
- Risk reduction: Prompt addressing reduces the chance of complex surgeries in the future.
- Efficiency and comfort: Modern techniques ensure a quick, comfortable procedure with minimal disruption.
Who Is a Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
Typically, patients undergo wisdom tooth extractions in high school or college. Not all patients' wisdom teeth will automatically necessitate extraction; however, leaving painful wisdom teeth inside of the mouth may lead to additional possible dental problems down the road. Dr. Hlavacek will generally suggest wisdom teeth removal for people with:
- Gum irritation (pericoronitis), mid-face puffiness, or jaw aches
- Any development of a lump in the mandible
- Fully or partially impacted third molars under the gums or jaw
- Deterioration of the wisdom teeth or people who have a hard time making sure the wisdom teeth are bacteria-free
- Improper space to allow effective tooth eruption
- Crooked teeth
What Is the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process?
Kansas City Surgical Arts performs third molar extractions while you are under local anesthesia; however, this surgery could also be done with oral-conscious or IV sedation services to ensure comfort. Many instances of wisdom teeth removal necessitate an excision approach, especially if the teeth are ingrown, have misshapen roots, or are firmly situated in the bone tissue. When Dr. Hlavacek and Dr. Baker make an incision in the gum tissues to get to the tooth, they will often separate it into individual pieces, enabling an easier extraction. Based on your unique situation, all four of the wisdom teeth could be removed in the same session. Sutures may be added afterward to aid in healing. You will then be given post-operative tips to follow during the next few days.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions Reviews
This is a bad news/good news kind of thing. The bad news is that I had to have a tooth pulled. The good news is that Kansas City Surgical Arts was recommended to me by my dentist. Granted, there is nothing fun about a tooth extraction, but these folks are friendly and professional and know what they’re doing. The good doctor even called me that evening to see how I was doing. Five stars to these folks.
10/10 recommend for wisdom teeth removal. All of the staff was super friendly and built great morale. Went over step by step what to expect as well as made sure all of the risks were properly explained to me instead of just glossing over them. i couldn’t have imagined a better place for this than kc surgical arts!
I have a difficult jaw to wrangle during a wisdom tooth extraction, but I was in and out in a mere few hours. Staff were kind and helpful. 10/10.
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What Can I Expect After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
During the initial days following the extraction, it's important to steer clear of spitting, drinking using a straw, consuming hot or cold meals and drinks, and to fully cease using tobacco and using e-cigs. These activities will generally pull out the scabbing at the removal area and cause a disorder referred to as "dry socket." It is expected to experience mid-face puffiness and discomfort following wisdom teeth extractions, which could be alleviated with prescription or drugstore pain medication and cool compresses applied to the cheeks. Our dental professionals will provide you with tips to enable you to care for your dental health while you heal and schedule a follow-up session to monitor your extraction sites while they recover.
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Dr. Hlavacek and Dr. Baker are thrilled to offer wisdom tooth extraction to maintain the future wellness of your teeth. This effective dental service is often performed for people in Kansas City, MO and could be needed if natural tooth emergence is not likely to happen or further issues exist. To get more details about wisdom tooth extraction, contact Kansas City Surgical Arts for an exam at your earliest convenience.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions FAQs
What problems can occur if someone doesn't have their wisdom teeth removed?
While not everyone will need their wisdom teeth removed, most do. Most individuals do not have enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth and this can lead to infections and more. Some issues that could occur if you don't have these teeth removed when necessary include:
- Irritation in the back of the jaw
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Difficulty when biting and/or clenching
- Jaw pain
What can I eat after getting my wisdom teeth removed?
After your wisdom teeth removal, you'll want to stick to a very soft-food diet. You'll want to avoid dairy, spicy foods, alcohol, and crumbly or crunchy foods for the first few days. Some suggested foods include:
- Scrambled eggs
- Smoothies (without a straw)
- Mashed potatoes
When can I start exercising and performing physical activities?
You should be able to resume your normal physical activity five days following your wisdom teeth removal. This gives your incisions time to properly heal. Our team will work with you so you have a good understanding of what to expect during your recovery period.