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Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars that typically emerge in the late teens or early twenties. Often, these teeth can cause issues due to their late eruption and potential for misalignment. They can become impacted, causing pain, infection and other dental problems, such as overcrowding, shifting of existing teeth and bite irregularities.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure:

The process of wisdom teeth removal involves several well-defined stages.

  • Assessment: We evaluate the positioning of wisdom teeth using X-rays to determine the need for extraction.
  • Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia is administered to ensure patient comfort during the procedure.
  • Extraction: The teeth are carefully extracted, often requiring surgical techniques for impacted or partially erupted teeth.
  • Suture Placement: Stitches may be placed to promote healing and close the extraction sites.
  • Recovery: Proper post-operative care is essential for minimizing discomfort and complications.

Post-Extraction Care:

After wisdom teeth removal, patients should follow specific care guidelines.

  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers and prescribed medication help manage discomfort.
  • Oral Hygiene: Keeping the extraction sites clean is crucial, but vigorous rinsing should be avoided initially.
  • Dietary Adjustments: Soft foods and liquids are recommended during the initial recovery period.

Our team will provide more detailed instructions to help with your post-op care.

For additional questions about wisdom teeth removal in Midlothian, Virginia, or to schedule an appointment our dentist, Dr. John Han, please call us at 804-379-4483.

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