Wisdom teeth are a curious dental phenomenon. Also referred to as third molars, these are usually the last teeth to erupt through the gums—generally during the late teens. Since they don’t grow at the same time as the permanent teeth, they are prone to causing pain and other difficulties. Sometimes they only erupt partially through the gums, and sometimes not at all. These are referred to as impacted teeth. Wisdom teeth can put pressure on adjacent teeth, causing those otherwise healthy teeth to grow crooked and even become infected. When at least partially covered by the gums, wisdom teeth are difficult to maintain. Brushing and flossing can be nearly impossible, and like any other teeth that aren’t regularly brushed and flossed, wisdom teeth will eventually succumb to infection and decay. When these complications arise—or, when no obvious symptoms are present, to prevent them from occurring—extractions are generally the best course of treatment.
If you or a member of your family needs wisdom teeth removed, count on the compassion and skill of the team here at our Newburyport, MA office. Over the course of four decades we’ve successfully removed troublesome teeth from countless patients, allowing them to return to a normal, pain-free life without further issues. More complex than a standard tooth extraction, the wisdom teeth removal process is actually a surgical procedure that involves opening the gums. As a result, more recovery time is required than would be necessary if we removed just about any other kind of tooth. After removal, we’ll provide you with a very specific set of instructions regarding what to eat, activities to avoid, and what to do for pain relief during your recovery. To ensure complete healing with no complications—some of which can be very painful—be sure to follow these directions to the letter!