Legacy Surgery
2071 Pro Pointe Lane
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

January 9, 2023

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

One of the most common tooth extraction procedures is wisdom teeth surgery. Regardless of whether your wisdom teeth are causing problems, such as pain, or your dentist has recommended that you have them removed to prevent dental problems from occurring in the future, the experienced team at Legacy Surgery, can help make your wisdom tooth extraction as smooth as possible. Before scheduling your consultation, you should know more about wisdom teeth and the treatment options.

Wisdom Teeth Overview

Wisdom teeth are additional third molars positioned in the back of your mouth. They usually emerge somewhere between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth used to be useful to our ancestors who needed them to help them eat raw foods to survive. Unfortunately, most people nowadays do not have enough space in their mouths for them to come in properly. For this reason, they can cause serious oral health problems if left to their own devices, which leads many people to undergo surgery to remove them.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

The best way to determine if your impacted wisdom teeth should be removed is to consult your general dentist. For various reasons,wisdom teeth extraction is recommended as a preventative measure. These include: Not having enough room in your mouth Preventing or relieving oral severe pain Preventing or resolving dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease Preventing damage to other teeth Infection

What Does the Procedure Look Like?

At Legacy Surgery, Dr. Kesecker is an oral health professional, and comfort is always our top priority. Here's what you can expect during your wisdom teeth extraction with us:

Appointment: Dr. Kesecker will ensure that you are a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal surgery. He will review your medical history and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Procedure: First, you will be given one of three types of anesthesia (local, sedation, or general), depending on your particular needs. Once you are completely numb and relaxed, Dr. Kesecker will make an incision on your gum tissue and expose the wisdom tooth and surrounding bone. He will then remove the wisdom tooth and any debris blocking access to it, including bone. Lastly, he'll stitch up the incision and place gauze over the area to stop the bleeding.

After Care: Following Dr. Kesecker's instructions after your wisdom tooth surgery is very important to prevent potential complications, including dry socket and infection. In the first 24 hours, rest and avoid using a straw, eating hard foods, smoking, and brushing your teeth need the incision. The recovery time of removing wisdom teeth depends on how many teeth were removed, the condition of your mouth, and how closely you follow your surgeon's instructions. For most people, it will take around six weeks for your mouth to heal completely, but you can resume normal activities, such as going to work or school, as soon as you feel well enough.

Schedule Your Wisdom Tooth Removal with Dr. Kesecker

When the time comes for the removal of wisdom teeth, choosing an experienced dental practice to perform your surgery is the best way to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. At Legacy Surgery, Dr. Kesecker and his trusted team are proud to provide progressive oral surgery techniques and compassionate care in a professional, comfortable environment. Book an appointment today to learn more about how wisdom tooth removal could benefit you, even if you're not experiencing any negative symptoms. We look forward to showing you how convenient caring for the well-being of your dental care can be!

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