When Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted (and Why)

smiling blonde womanOne of the most common oral surgeries is the wisdom tooth extraction, especially around the age of 18 or so. Why do the wisdom teeth almost always need to be removed? And what can you expect if you or a loved one need to have this surgery? Keep reading to learn the answers to these and other questions surrounding the third molars from the local expert, your dentist in Lancaster County.  

Potential Problems With Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that may or may not erupt during late adolescence, or the time when we are thought to gain “wisdom.” Hundreds of years ago, it is thought that humans needed these teeth for things like chewing roots and tough meats. But these days, there is rarely room for the so-called wisdom teeth. Without the space they need to erupt, most of these molars will cause problems. Their removal is often the best option for protecting oral and overall health.

Some of the things that can go wrong with the wisdom teeth include:

  • Impaction, when they do not fully erupt from beneath the gums.
  • Infection due to the impaction of the wisdom teeth.
  • Misalignments of the surrounding teeth due to pressure from the wisdom teeth.
  • Pain resulting from the impaction.
  • Food trapped in the impacted teeth.
  • A foul odor emitting from the back of the mouth.

What to Expect From Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is an oral surgery that is performed under local anesthesia for your maximum comfort. We also offer sedation for added relaxation throughout the procedure. Once you are completely at-ease, Dr. Moriarty will open up the gums and remove any tissue or bone that may be covering the tooth. Then, the molar is removed either in one piece or bit-by-bit. After the area is empty and clean, the area is sewed up and healing begins. Thanks to anesthesia and our gentle approach, there is nothing to fear or dread from a wisdom tooth extraction.

Post-Op Instructions

We will send you home with thorough instructions on how to enjoy a speedy recovery. We have listed some of the most important considerations here for your added convenience.

  • Plan to take it easy for the first day or two
  • Have someone check on you in the hours following the procedure as you come out of anesthesia/sedation
  • Brush and floss your teeth as normal
  • Eat a soft foods diet until discomfort allows you to resume eating normally
  • Do not drink through a straw
  • Take all medications as prescribed
  • Notify your dentist if healing does not occur on schedule

Additional questions about a wisdom teeth procedure? Don’t hesitate to contact Mor Smiles. We’re here to make sure everything goes just as planned!

About Dr. Sean Moriarty

Dr. Moriarty of Mor Smiles offers superior dental care, including wisdom tooth extraction, from the comfort of his state-of-the-art Lititz practice. To learn more about his services or to schedule an appointment for the same, please do not hesitate to contact the office at (717) 961-5767.


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