Wisdom Tooth Removal
Safe & Gentle Tooth Extraction With Dr. Chaudhry
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that typically erupt during your late teens. While there are a few exceptions, most people’s mouths don’t have enough space to accommodate the eruption of their wisdom teeth. This results in a vast majority of patients needing to undergo wisdom tooth removal.
Since going into private practice over 20 years ago, Dr. Chaudhry has performed countless wisdom tooth extractions. Learn more about our removal process and how Dr. Chaudhry will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
When a wisdom tooth is blocked from erupting properly, it becomes impacted. This can happen for a number of reasons, including not enough space in the jaw or interference from a neighboring tooth.
It’s vital to remove impacted wisdom teeth before they start to affect your health. Without treatment, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to oral infection or a misaligned bite, resulting in severe pain and other complications.
When Do Wisdom Teeth Require Treatment?
Not everyone who has wisdom teeth needs to have them removed. Some people’s jaws are large enough to accommodate the extra set of molars. But many people do need wisdom teeth extracted for their health and the appearance of their smiles.
Dr. Chaudhry may recommend wisdom teeth removal if:
- You feel pain and sensitivity in the back of your mouth
- There’s inflammation in the area around your wisdom teeth
- You develop cysts in the area
- You experience stiffness or pain in your jaw
- Sinus problems start bothering you
What happens if I wait too long to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infections, tooth decay, and severe misalignment that can affect the appearance of your smile as well as lead to TMJ issues. The longer you wait to get your wisdom teeth out, the more issues they can cause.
That’s why Dr. Chaudhry recommends getting treatment for your wisdom teeth as soon as possible. If you haven’t had your mouth examined for possible wisdom teeth issues, schedule a consultation at one of our Lehigh Valley practices.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
While many patients are afraid of having their wisdom teeth removed due to the assumption that the procedure is painful, neglecting to remove them will ultimately result in greater pain than anything you’ll experience during treatment.
Dr. Chaudhry will begin the procedure by administering a local anesthetic to numb the extraction area, ensuring you won’t feel any pain throughout the procedure. If you’re having all of your wisdom teeth removed at once, he’ll stitch up your gums to begin the healing process.
Once the area has been numbed, Dr. Chaudhry will open the gum tissue covering your wisdom tooth and separate it. This gives him easy access to your tooth, allowing him to remove it quickly and painlessly. After your tooth has been removed, he’ll stitch up your gums to begin the healing process.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
Depending on the type of anesthetic you’re administered for your surgery, you may be able to drive yourself home. If you’re given general anesthesia or sedation, you’ll need a responsible person who you’re comfortable with and trust to drive you home following your procedure.
If you’re given a local anesthetic, you should be able to drive yourself home without a problem. However, we strongly recommend that you arrange a ride with someone regardless of the type of anesthetic provided.
The recovery period for wisdom teeth surgery is only a few days, but there are important tips and instructions that you’ll need to keep in mind if you want to avoid complications. The most important day is the day of your surgery because the surgical area will be the most sensitive.
There are also a few things to avoid during your recovery period, including:
- Any strenuous physical activity
- Drinking through a straw
- Rinsing your mouth
- Certain foods
For a more detailed list of instructions, visit our convenient wisdom tooth removal aftercare page.
Visit Dr. Chaudhry for Wisdom Tooth Removal
If you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Chaudhry can remove them safely and comfortably. By having them removed as soon as possible, you can avoid painful complications in the future, saving you time and money in the process.
Call one of our two locations in the Lehigh Valley area and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaudhry.
Ready to get your widsom teeth removed?