If there’s one oral condition you want to avoid, it’s impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth often grow improperly, and it’s not like you can control the size of your mouth to avoid this problem. But what you can do is get timely treatment to reduce or eliminate the pain.
At Oral and Facial Surgery Center, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ardoin can ease all your concerns regarding impacted wisdom teeth extraction.
What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
In some cases, wisdom teeth grow into a jaw that is large enough to accommodate them. However, most people don’t have enough room for their wisdom teeth, causing impacted wisdom teeth. They only have room for approximately 28 teeth. Wisdom teeth make up the remaining teeth and are the last ones to grow, typically between 17 and 25 years old.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If you don’t experience any pain, you may not even care about your wisdom teeth since they serve no special purpose. Unfortunately, most people feel pain as the jaw bone prevents the wisdom teeth from emerging. Impacted wisdom teeth also cause swelling and infection if you don’t treat them. The longer you wait to get treatment, the more complicated your case can come.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal
Both dentists and oral surgeons can extract impacted wisdom teeth. First, we will apply anesthesia to numb the area. To remove the impacted tooth, we will make an incision in your gums to reach the jawbone and pull the teeth. You may need stitches to close the incision. Then, we will pack the area with gauze to control bleeding and provide you with instructions on how to take care of your mouth.
If you’re suffering from impacted wisdom teeth pain, we recommend visiting Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ardoin at the Oral and Facial Surgery Center for a timely extraction. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location today.