Painless Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Kirkland, WA

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Having Wisdom Teeth Woes?

Remember your wisdom teeth? The four extra molars that seemingly magically appear in your late teens or early twenties? Well, sometimes, they don’t appear as seamlessly as we hope for, which can cause some serious discomfort. This is why we offer wisdom tooth extractions in Kirkland, WA, to keep your smile covered!

Why Would My Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

When wisdom teeth don’t erupt fully or emerge at an angle (impaction), they can cause several issues, such as:

  • Pain and discomfort: Sometimes, newly erupted wisdom teeth can crowd your other teeth, causing pain and swelling in your jaw. 
  • Infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can act as small caves where food is bound to get stuck. This can, unfortunately, lead to an unwanted infection.
  • Damage to surrounding teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can be real bullies against your existing teeth. This can cause them to move out of place or even get damaged. 
  • Cyst or tumor development: In very rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to the formation of cysts or tumors in your jawbone. 

The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Say goodbye to pain: Wisdom teeth can cause a ton of pain when they come in crooked. Getting them out means no more throbbing or jaw pain. 
  • Dodge that infection bullet: Wisdom teeth can be tricky to clean around, which can lead to nasty infections. Taking them out removes that risk and keeps your mouth healthy.
  • Room for your existing teeth: Sometimes wisdom teeth come in crowded and push on your other teeth. Taking them out gives your existing teeth the space they need to stay healthy.
  • Brushing and flossing becomes easier: Wisdom teeth can make it tough to reach all the nooks and crannies in your mouth.  Without them, keeping your whole smile clean becomes a breeze.
an x-ray of impacted wisdom teeth

The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

Your Consultation 

During your consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and take X-rays to assess the position of your wisdom teeth. They will discuss the extraction process, anesthesia options (local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia), and answer any questions you may have.

The Procedure

On the day of your extraction, you will receive the chosen anesthesia. The dentist will then make an incision in the gum tissue, remove any bone blocking the wisdom tooth, and carefully extract the tooth. Depending on the situation, the tooth may be sectioned for easier removal. 

Post-Operative Care

After the tooth is removed, your dentist will clean the area and likely place stitches to close the incision. They will provide detailed instructions on post-operative care, including pain management, dietary modifications, and proper wound care. 

Preparing for Your Appointment at Mason & Chi Dentistry

To ensure a smooth consultation, come prepared with the following:

  • A list of your medications and medical conditions.
  • Any X-rays or dental records you have.
  • Questions you have about the procedure and recovery process.

On the day of your extraction, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, and plan to rest comfortably for the next few days. Discuss any dietary restrictions or medication adjustments with your dentist beforehand.

Dos and Don’ts After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Following a wisdom tooth extraction, some swelling and discomfort are normal. We will prescribe medication to manage pain and swelling. Here’s what else you can expect:

  • Swelling typically peaks within 2-3 days and gradually subsides over a week. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek can help reduce swelling.
  • Minor bleeding is expected after surgery. Bite down on gauze pads placed on the extraction site to control bleeding.
  • For the first few days, stick to soft foods like yogurt, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. Gradually transition back to a regular diet as healing progresses.
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for optimal healing. Gently brush your teeth, avoiding the extraction site, and rinse with lukewarm salt water.

What should I eat after my extraction?

After your wisdom tooth extraction, sticking to soft foods for the first few days will help your mouth heal comfortably. Things like soups, smoothies, and milkshakes are easy to swallow and won’t require any chewing – making them perfect additions to your diet. Other foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, and avocado also tick the soft check box and are packed with tons of nutrients. 

Remember to listen to your body! If something feels uncomfortable to eat, rather stick with softer foods until your mouth heals more.  Staying hydrated is also a must, so keep sipping on cool water for the days following your procedure.

Don’t Let Wisdom Teeth Hold You Back

Don’t let wisdom teeth steal your smile (or your fun!) Getting them checked and potentially removed is easy with Dr. Mason and Dr. Chi.  Take control of your oral health and your happiness today. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed? 

Not necessarily. We will determine if extraction of your wisdom teeth is necessary based on your age, jaw size, and the position of your wisdom teeth. Healthy, fully erupted wisdom teeth that don’t cause any problems do not need to be removed.

What happens if I don’t get my wisdom teeth removed? 

Leaving impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection, damage to surrounding teeth, and even cyst or tumor development. If you suspect that your wisdom teeth need to be removed, contact our office for an appointment.

At what age should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

Ideally, wisdom teeth are removed from ages 17 to 25 before the roots of the teeth have fully developed, which makes extraction easier and recovery faster. However, your wisdom teeth can be removed at any age if necessary.

Will I be in a lot of pain after the extraction?

Our patients can expect some discomfort and pain after their surgery. We will, however, prescribe medication to manage your pain.

Is it normal to have swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes, swelling is a normal post-operative response. We recommend that our patients apply a cold compress to the outside of their cheek to help reduce any swelling they experience.

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