Padron Dental often recommends that patients consider removing their wisdom teeth when they are young adults, to prevent any future problems and to ensure optimal healing. Patients who do wait to have wisdom teeth removed after the age of 35 have a higher risk for any complications, harder surgeries, and longer healing times.
Wisdom Teeth Removal at Padron Dental in Rockford
Over centuries of evolution today’s average adult human mouth has changed to comfortably hold 28 teeth even though some adults still end up with 32 teeth. These additional four teeth are the wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars. They are often called wisdom teeth because they appear at an age when you mature into adulthood. The third molars usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.
Since the human jaw has become smaller throughout evolutionary history, if wisdom teeth do form, they often remain impacted under the surface, or blocked, by the other teeth. If the tooth does partially erupt food can get trapped in the gum tissue surrounding it, which will lead to bacteria growth and an infection. Padron Dental strongly recommends that patients in their mid-teenage years undergo an evaluation regarding their wisdom teeth and possible removal.
The entire team at Padron Dental enjoy helping people in a field where they can apply knowledge, art, science, and beauty. Padron Dental specializes in prosthodontics, which is the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structure. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. We offer you comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today at 815-397-3820 to schedule your appointment to evaluate whether you might benefit from wisdom teeth removal. We are conveniently located at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.
Padron Dental often recommends that patients consider removing their wisdom teeth when they are young adults, to prevent any future problems and to ensure optimal healing. Patients who do wait to have wisdom teeth removed after the age of 35 have a higher risk for any complications, harder surgeries, and longer healing times. The best time to pursue wisdom teeth removal is when the roots are not totally formed, which is between the ages of 15 to 18.
For our adult patients, we will take extra care to determine whether to recommend wisdom teeth removal or to just continue observation until an intervention is necessary. When we treat adult patients, we exercise special expertise and certain techniques and regenerative materials to promote optimal healing.
Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Only a minority of people develop wisdom teeth that function as every other tooth in the mouth because most patients will experience misalignment or the impaction of their wisdom teeth. Impaction means the wisdom tooth is blocked in a bad position due to lack of space. An exam by Padron Dental plus a diagnostic x-ray or CT will reveal any potential problem with the position of your wisdom teeth.
Impacted and misaligned wisdom teeth create an area that is extremely difficult to keep clean. This will result in infections, cavities, pain and damage to the adjacent teeth and bone. Wisdom teeth that do not erupt will also lead to other oral problems, such as crowding or the displacement of permanent teeth. A cyst, a fluid filled sac, often forms in the soft tissue surrounding the impacted wisdom tooth. These painful cysts will lead to bone destruction or damage to the surrounding teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
At Padron Dental, we promote a comfortable and compassionate office space where you can receive the care you need while remaining calm and relaxed. For your wisdom tooth extraction procedure, we understand that you may prefer to be at least somewhat unaware of the process, which is why local anesthesia and dental sedation options are available and will be discussed. There are two versions of wisdom teeth removal.
- Simple Procedure- By administering a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding areas, we will loosen up your tooth and remove it easily using a handheld tool called an elevator. This common procedure is done when the tooth that needs to be extracted has grown well above your gum line for easy access. We will use dental tools to loosen the tooth and lift it up and out of the gum line for a simple and clean extraction.
- Surgical Procedure- A surgical extraction is a more involved procedure as it requires us to make an incision into the gum line to retrieve the tooth. This is usually needed during an impacted wisdom tooth extraction below the gum line. A local anesthetic will alleviate any discomfort and pain felt during these types of extractions. We can also talk about a dental sedation to reduce your anxiety before and during the procedure as well.
Dr. Adriana Padron
Dr. Adriana Padron was born in Venezuela, and is a fourth generation dentist from both sides of her family. Since she was a child, she always showed interest in dentistry and became one when she graduated first in her class from El Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia in 2006.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare
If your removal surgery requires sutures, they are usually the type that will dissolve in 3 to 5 days and do not require removal. You may feel a sensation of your gums feeling swollen and pulling away from your teeth. This is all part of a normal recovery and will subside in several days.
Once the local anesthesia wears off, you may require prescription pain medication. Please try over-the-counter pain relievers first, to see if that sufficiently treat your pain. The local anesthesia could even last until the following day and should not be confused with any injury to your nerve. We recommend starting your post-operative diet with clear liquids such as broths and jello, gradually increasing to soft foods as your mouth permits.
We suggest you do not eat dairy products such as yogurt, ice cream or milkshakes on the day of your surgery, as nausea and vomiting could develop in conjunction with the anesthetic and pain medication. If we give you antibiotics and you take birth control pills, please be aware that the birth control pills may become ineffective and take appropriate precautions.
Padron Dental Provides a Dental Experience that is Comfortable and Efficient
The team at Padron Dental will make your visit easy and comfortable. It is important to us at Padron Dental to provide each patient with the best dental experience possible. Therefore, we keep up to date on the latest dental technologies and techniques, to ensure that your wisdom teeth removal is not only effective, but comfortable as well. Whether you need a dental cleaning and exam or an advanced dental implant procedure, we provide you with compassion and expertise. We have brightened the lives and smiles of many patients. Let us brighten yours! You can find us at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. Or simply give us a call at 815-397-3820 to get your appointment scheduled.