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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Jacksonville, FL

Keeping Your Smile Healthy for a Lifetime

Have you recently begun struggling with jaw pain? The root of the problem might surprise you: your wisdom teeth. Sometimes, these teeth grow in perfectly straight and without any complications. Other times, their emergence results in considerable problems, including discomfort, inflammation, and even tooth decay. That’s why our Jacksonville dentists will monitor their development throughout the years and intervene with the necessary care if/when it’s time to have them removed.

Why Choose Distinctive Dentistry by Mullens & Nguyen for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Dentists Experienced in Oral Surgery
  • 3D Cone Beam Imaging System
  • Community-Trusted Dental Office

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Illustration of wisdom tooth growing in

Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars), get their name because they typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people don’t have them, while others can have one, two, three, or four. As they develop, our team will keep a close eye on whether or not they could pose a risk to your oral health down the road. If we believe they may, we can offer wisdom tooth extractions in Jacksonville, FL to keep your smile aligned and healthy.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Woman with toothache sitting on couch at home

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but those that pose a threat to your oral health or surrounding teeth should be extracted as a preventive measure. Here are a few situations in which we may suggest wisdom tooth extraction:

  • There’s not enough room in your jawbone for them to grow in
  • Allowing them to grow in could result in orthodontic problems
  • They’re impacted below the gumline
  • They’re causing severe pain or make it difficult to eat
  • A cyst or tumor could develop as a result of impaction

To keep on-top of this situation, be sure to visit us every six months for your checkup and cleaning. If you’re between the ages of 17 and 25 and don’t know whether you should have your wisdom teeth removed, please contact our dental office to set up an appointment.

What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

Dentist and team member performing wisdom tooth extraction

There are two ways to remove wisdom teeth: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. With a simple extraction, we thoroughly numb your mouth and use special tools to gently rock the tooth loose. When it’s ready to come out of the socket, we will remove it and care for the extraction site. With a surgical extraction, the first step is the same: thoroughly numbing your mouth. Then, the procedure changes a bit. We will create a small incision in your gums to access the tooth underneath before removing it and caring for the extraction site.

Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Patient reclined in treatment chair smiling

Remember, the healing period is extremely important. To prevent blood clots and other complications, we strongly recommend following all of the aftercare instructions provided to you, including:

  • Not spitting or drinking through a straw
  • Sticking to soft foods, like plain yogurt
  • Taking OTC pain medication as directed
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Staying hydrated
  • Keeping your mouth clean

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth extractions or you need to schedule an emergency appointment with us, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call – we’re here to help!