Wisdom tooth removal is typically performed because of a lack of room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth. Humans have four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth, also called third molars, which typically erupt between the ages of 18 and 24. Because the wisdom teeth are the last of all our teeth to erupt, almost all of the room in the jaw is often already used up and cannot fit the wisdom teeth.
Why should you get your Wisdom Teeth removed?
Without any space to grow in properly, wisdom teeth can become trapped under the gums or grow sideways.
Wisdom teeth that are trying to break through into the mouth can cause pressure and move other teeth out of place.
Many people need wisdom tooth extractions before orthodontic treatment (braces or Invisalign) or right after.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth can form a pouch that traps food, which can cause a wisdom tooth and the teeth around it to decay.
The gums around wisdom teeth may become infected and cause swelling, pain, and a bad odor.
Wisdom teeth trapped in the jaw bone can cause a cyst to form. Cysts can push other teeth out of place and in rare cases form a tumor.
Patients who are about to have dentures constructed should have their wisdom teeth removed.
Signs of Wisdom Tooth Problems Include:
Inflammation of the surrounding gums
Pain near the wisdom teeth or in the jaw
Infection near the wisdom teeth – infection may cause swelling, pain and bad odor
Facial swelling and stiffness of the jaw
Wisdom tooth problems can even be present without having any symptoms
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team