Wisdom Teeth Removal in Poulsbo, WA
Comfortable Third Molar Extraction to Protect Oral Health
The average adult will have 32 teeth, but there is typically only room for 28 teeth. These additional four teeth are called third molars, or wisdom teeth. Dentists and oral surgeons recommend having wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible. Because there is not enough room in the mouth, leaving them untreated opens the door to many oral health problems.
Our team of oral surgeons will create a treatment plan custom to your needs. We use advanced technology to evaluate wisdom teeth and offer anesthesia options for your comfort. If you or your child have third molars, contact Kitsap Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery in Poulsbo, WA, for an appointment with Dr. Sukdeep Dhaliwal, Dr. Paul Greenwalt, Dr. Thomas Curran, and Dr. Douglas Baasch.
Why Should I Have Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?
Wisdom teeth often erupt between the ages of 14 and 18. Some people develop all four molars, while others develop more or less than four, or none at all. It's possible for a wisdom tooth to erupt properly, but this is rare. More often, wisdom teeth grow sideways or only partially erupt. Some wisdom teeth become trapped beneath the gums, known as impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth must be surgically removed, as they will not naturally erupt.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it can push against the adjacent molar and knock it out of alignment. This can also cause quite a bit of discomfort. A partially erupted wisdom tooth can trap food and bacteria. These teeth are difficult to clean, increasing the risk of plaque build up and infection. By having an oral surgeon remove your wisdom teeth, you can avoid these problems and more, including:
- Jaw stiffness or swelling
- Pain and discomfort
- Chronic bad breath
- Tumors or cysts that form around impacted teeth
- Dental misalignment
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Damage to facial nerves
Many patients undergo wisdom teeth removal when these teeth first appear. Younger patients often have faster recoveries, but patients of any age can have wisdom teeth removed.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
At the consultation, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons. We will take 3D scans of your teeth and discuss your options for anesthesia. We are qualified to administer many types of anesthesia and will help you select the right choice for your level of anxiety and comfort.
On the day of surgery, we will administer the anesthesia and wait for it to take effect. Your oral surgeon will extract erupted wisdom teeth using forceps. If teeth are impacted, your surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to access and extract these teeth. Sutures are placed if needed and you will rest until we feel you are ready to go home.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Poulsbo, WAThe cost of having your wisdom teeth extracted in Poulsbo, WA, will vary depending on the details of your treatment plan. These details include how many wisdom teeth you have, your choice of anesthesia, your dental insurance, and the overall surgery. To find out how much it would cost to have your third molars removed, contact our office in Poulsbo, WA, for a cost estimate.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for wisdom teeth sites to heal?
It can take 4-6 weeks for the extraction sites to fully heal. Be sure to rinse your mouth according to the instructions provided by your surgeon to expedite healing. Although it takes a few weeks for the tooth sockets to heal, you can return to your routine in a few days after surgery.
Using straws or smoking can prolong healing. The sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot within the socket, resulting in a painful condition known as dry socket. Avoid smoking and using straws for at least 3 days after surgery.
What happens if you wait too long to get wisdom teeth out?
If left untreated, wisdom teeth will become more firmly embedded into the jaw bone as they develop. This can make future extraction more difficult. Some wisdom teeth do not cause pain, but still may be causing oral health issues. A wisdom tooth's root may grow in the direction of a nerve, which can be painful if the nerve is struck. This issue and others can be avoided entirely by having the third molars removed early.
Will I be put to sleep for wisdom teeth removal?
Most patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure. Local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and general anesthesia are also available. IV sedation will render you into a sleep-like state, unable to feel any pain. You will wake up when the surgery is over with no memory of the procedure. You must arrange for an adult to drive you home afterward.
Is it recommended to remove all four wisdom teeth?
You should have all wisdom teeth extracted at the same time. This prevents future health issues from occurring. You will save time and money by only undergoing one surgical procedure to have the third molars removed.
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.