Wisdom Teeth Removal in Port Orchard, WA
Prevent Problems by Having Third Molars Extracted
The average mouth has room for 28 adult teeth. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are an additional set of molars that develop between the ages of 14 and 18. Since there is not enough room in the mouth for these extra teeth, dentists and oral surgeons recommend having them extracted.
At Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, Dr. Sukdeep Dhaliwal, Dr. Paul Greenawalt, Dr. Thomas Curran, and Dr. Douglas Baasch are oral and maxillofacial surgery experts. We use advanced imaging technology to closely examine third molars and create a custom treatment plan for every patient. Learn more about wisdom teeth or schedule a consultation for you or your child by contacting our office in Port Orchard, WA.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Because there is not enough room in the mouth for an extra set of molars, they can cause numerous problems if left untreated. Wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of alignment as they try to make room. Some wisdom teeth fully emerge into the dental arch, while others partially erupt or remain trapped beneath the gum tissue.
An impacted wisdom tooth, or one that is trapped beneath the gums, must be surgically removed because it will not naturally erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause damage to other teeth and nearby soft tissues because they grow sideways.
There is no normal amount of wisdom teeth. Some people develop between one and four, more than four, or none at all. At your regular dental checkups, your dentist checks for wisdom teeth. If any are detected, he or she will refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment. If you leave wisdom teeth untreated, you leave the door open for many oral health issues to arise, such as:
- Jaw pain or discomfort
- Chronic bad breath
- Teeth misalignment
- Facial nerve damage
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Tumors and cysts
- Jaw swelling and stiffness
Most patients have wisdom teeth removed during the late teens or early twenties. This is an ideal time because the third molars have not yet fully developed. However, our oral surgeons can extract wisdom teeth for patients of any age.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
During your first visit with one of our oral surgeons, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and face and help you select the right type of anesthesia. Most patients undergo local anesthesia combined with IV sedation, which allows you to rest in a semi-conscious state unable to feel pain during the procedure. When undergoing IV sedation, a responsible adult must drive you home after surgery and remain with you for 24 hours.
Your surgical visit will be on a later date. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will begin the extraction procedure. Erupted third molars will be removed with forceps, similar to a general tooth extraction. An elevator may be used to help lift up the tooth to make extraction easier. For impacted wisdom teeth, your surgeon will make an incision in the gums to access and remove the teeth. We will place sutures and you will rest until we feel you are ready to go home.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Port Orchard, WAThe cost of having wisdom teeth extracted varies for every patient. Different factors are taken into consideration, including the number of wisdom teeth, the choice of anesthesia, your dental insurance, and the complexity of the surgery overall. We provide a cost estimate for your oral surgery treatment at the consultation. Contact us in Port Orchard to find out how much it would cost for our oral surgeons to remove your wisdom teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it better to have all wisdom teeth removed at once?
You should have all wisdom teeth extracted at the same time. This prevents the need for multiple surgeries. If wisdom teeth are left in the mouth, they could cause issues down the road, which can be prevented by having them all taken out at once.
When does wisdom teeth pain stop?Wisdom teeth inside the mouth can continue to cause pain until they are removed. Once removed, post-surgical pain or discomfort will start to reside a few days after dental surgery. You can manage pain with ice packs, rest, and follow your post-operative instructions closely.
What is a dry socket?Dry socket occurs when the blood clot within the empty tooth socket becomes dislodged, often due to suction caused by using straws or smoking. Avoid these activities for at least 3 days after surgery.
Can I brush my teeth after wisdom teeth removal?Rinse your mouth with warm salt water beginning the day after surgery. You can brush your teeth the same day as surgery, but be gentle around the extraction sites.
Expert Oral & Cosmetic Surgery Care
Our surgeons have provided exceptional care to patients in Kitsap County for over three decades. At each of our locations, you and your family can expect to be treated with compassion and honesty every step of the way.