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Wisdom Teeth Removal – Castle Rock, WA

Create Healthier Smiles by Removing Unnecessary Teeth

Woman wisdom tooth extraction in Castle Rock

It is usually considered a rite of passage when teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 22 have their wisdom teeth removed. While some individuals have no problems once these third molars erupt, most cases require oral surgery to prevent worsening oral health issues later on in life. Dr. Kennington is equipped with the right technology, skill, and experience to perform this common procedure in-house, so you can remain in one convenient location while allowing our team to improve the health and future of your smile. Contact us today to find out if you or your child may need to undergo wisdom tooth extraction in Castle Rock.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Digital X-ray of wisdom teeth in Castle Rock

Wisdom teeth are known as third molars. Once considered a vital component of a person’s oral cavity, early civilizations used them to gnaw and eat coarse foods. As time progressed and jawbones narrowed, these teeth were no longer necessary, yet they continue to erupt. As a result, they can cause overcrowding, infection, and serious pain. Not to mention, your oral health can decline if they remain in place and continue to cause problems.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Extracted wisdom teeth in Castle Rock

Depending on the capacity inside your oral cavity, your wisdom teeth may erupt with no problems at all. However, if you’re like most people, it’s unlikely that your teeth will erupt fully or at all, leaving them impacted beneath the gum line. As a result, you’ll need to have them removed:

  • Because you’re experiencing fever, pain, and swelling as a result of an infection
  • Because your bite is no longer in proper alignment
  • If you begin to feel persistent pain or pressure toward the back of the mouth

What to Expect From the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

Wisdom tooth extraction in Castle Rock

Should Dr. Kennington believe you or your child might benefit from this type of oral surgery, we will first examine your oral cavity and take digital images to identify the positioning and alignment of the teeth. Whether erupted or impacted, you will receive local anesthesia and sedation if necessary. We will then make a small incision in your gums to expose the wisdom tooth. Using the specialized dental instruments, we will remove the tooth in section (if impacted) or gently rock it back and forth until it detaches (partially erupted). This makes it possible for you to keep more of your bone.

Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Extraction

A partially erupted wisdom tooth in Castle Rock

Once your wisdom teeth removal procedure is complete, your dentist in Castle Rock will provide detailed instructions as to how you can properly take care of your smile while at home.

The first step is to get plenty of rest, as you’ll need someone to escort you home after your procedure. If you need to take any antibiotics or pain medicine, you can do so, as well as apply an ice pack for 20-minute intervals. When brushing your teeth, be careful around your surgical sites, as you don’t want to irritate them.

For the first day, make sure to only consume liquids before transitioning to soft foods on the second day. As your mouth becomes less tender and more “normal,” solid foods may be incorporated slowly. You just need to be mindful in the beginning so you don’t develop a dry socket that could cause immense pain and potential infection.