wisdom teeth

Wisdom Teeth

wisdom teethServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

Removing wisdom teeth is the most common type of surgical tooth extractions performed in the entire field of dental science. At Devine Dentistry, our Nashville dentists have the skill and experience in oral surgery needed to make any extraction procedure involving wisdom teeth as convenient and comfortable as possible.

What are wisdom teeth and why should they be removed?

Also referred to as third molars, wisdom teeth develop at the back of the mouth. They typically begin erupting in the late teens or early twenties.

Often, emerging wisdom teeth crowd existing permanent teeth or do not have room to emerge. When this occurs, wisdom teeth become impacted, placing inordinate amounts of force on your teeth and jaw. Left unchecked, impacted wisdom teeth can push existing permanent teeth out of position, causing crookedness and eventually affecting the alignment of your bite. Since wisdom teeth can be difficult to keep clean, infection also is likely to develop around an impacted wisdom tooth, which can cause significant discomfort in the adjacent teeth and area of the jaw. Wisdom teeth even can lead to a case of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), an ailment that often leads to chronic and debilitating pain.

What to expect from a wisdom tooth procedure

At Devine Dentistry, we prefer to remove all four wisdom teeth at once. Our Nashville dentists can perform this procedure from the comfort of our dental practice on Hillsboro Pike in Nashville, in most cases.

To begin, we administer a local anesthetic to ensure your mouth is completely numb during the process. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the work begins, as incisions are made into the gums and supporting bone structure to remove the wisdom teeth. In some cases, the dentist may even use a dental laser to remove tissue, allowing access to the embedded wisdom tooth. Each wisdom tooth is carefully removed, during which you may feel some pressure but at no time feel any pain. Once each tooth has been removed, and the area of extraction has been cleaned, our Nashville dentist will close the incisions with stitches that will dissolve on their own.

I’m nervous about my procedure, what can I do to help relive my anxiety?

We offer sedation dentistry in Nashville for wisdom teeth removal. This form of sedation, “laughing gas,” keeps you calm throughout your procedure but wears off quickly after we are finished. It is safe for patients of all ages, but be sure to discuss your health history with the dentist prior to receiving laughing gas or nitrous oxide.

What to expect after a wisdom tooth extraction procedure

Follow this plan of post-procedure care to help ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

  • We will place gauze pads in your mouth for you to bite down on and apply pressure for the first half hour. If bleeding continues for more than 24 hours after the extraction, call your Nashville dentist for further instruction.
  • Lie flat and refrain from physical activity. Failing to do so can prolong bleeding.
  • If you smoke, refrain from doing so for at least 24 hours following the wisdom tooth extraction. Smoking, as well as sucking through a straw, can loosen the blood clot at the incision, contaminate the surgical wound by causing a dry socket or impede the healing process.
  • Consume soft foods for the first few days, gradually adding in solid food as you feel comfortable. After the first day, be sure to rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water after each meal.
  • Apply ice compresses as needed to combat any swelling.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Nashville

An experienced dentist should perform wisdom teeth extractions. Keep in mind that wisdom teeth extractions are not always necessary for every patient. Consider an evaluation with your Nashville dentist if you think your wisdom teeth should be removed. If you or someone you love has impacted wisdom teeth, call the office of Devine Dentistry today at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry is here to serve patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills and Nashville in Tennessee.