Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure in Scottsdale & Avondale, AZ

Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center | Scottsdale & Avondale, AZ

Understanding Wisdom Teeth Removal

At Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center, we understand that wisdom teeth removal can be a daunting experience for many individuals. However, our team of experienced oral surgeons is here to help you through the process with ease and comfort. This guide will provide you with information on wisdom teeth, the problems they can cause, the signs and symptoms of an infected wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth removal procedures, and facts about wisdom teeth. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars located in the back of your mouth. They usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 years, although they may emerge sooner in certain individuals. Some individuals may not even develop wisdom teeth at all. These teeth can be valuable if they grow correctly and have enough space in the mouth. However, in most cases, they grow at an improper angle, causing problems.

Problems With Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are those that do not have enough room to grow properly and become stuck in the jawbone. These teeth can grow at an angle, push other teeth, or cause damage to the jawbone or nerves. Wisdom teeth can cause several problems, including:

  • Crowding and shifting of teeth
  • Infection or tooth decay
  • Cysts or tumors
  • Sinus problems
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or head
  • Difficulty opening your mouth

Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?​

Removing wisdom teeth can prevent potential complications such as overcrowding, infection, or tooth decay. The procedure can also be preventive, as wisdom teeth that have not yet emerged can be removed before causing any problems. Removing wisdom teeth can improve oral hygiene, reduce the risk of gum disease, and improve overall dental health.

Signs and Symptoms of Infected Wisdom Teeth​

If you have an infected wisdom tooth, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain or swelling in the gums or jaw
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Redness or swelling of the gums
  • Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Pain when chewing

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to see a dental professional as soon as possible.

Illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedures​

First, we’ll take an x-ray of your teeth to understand where potential problems may lie. Using state-of-the-art patient education software, our doctors will walk you through the process in detail.

Our wisdom tooth extraction process itself is quick and pain-free. We’ll administer IV anesthesia prior to taking out the unwanted teeth, utilizing various methods of extraction depending on the individual case. Once your procedure is complete, we’ll explain how you can best take care of the extraction site to maximize your recovery process.

The wisdom teeth removal recovery varies for each patient depending on the position of the teeth and how many were removed. We recommend at least two days of recovery, eating soft foods, and regularly icing your face to avoid swelling.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery​

Recovering from wisdom teeth removal can take a few days to a week, depending on the procedure’s complexity. It is essential to follow our team’s aftercare instructions carefully to promote proper healing and prevent complications such as dry socket. Common aftercare instructions include:

  • Applying ice packs to the affected area
  • Avoiding hard or crunchy foods
  • Rinsing with salt water
  • Taking pain medication as prescribed
  • Resting for a few days after the procedure

Wisdom Teeth in Scottsdale & Avondale, AZ

Facts About Wisdom Teeth

Here are some interesting facts about wisdom teeth:

  • Not everyone develops wisdom teeth
  • Wisdom teeth got their name because they emerge in early adulthood, when individuals are “wiser”
  • Wisdom teeth are remnants from our ancestors who needed them to grind tough food
  • Wisdom teeth can be used for stem cell research