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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

We never want patients to lose a tooth, but this may be the best option to help a patient maintain the optimal level of oral health. The most often extracted teeth are third molars which are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. Before recommending tooth extraction, the Tysons Dental Esthetics team will carefully examine patients’ smiles and help them determine whether or not wisdom tooth removal is the best option. In our Falls Church dental office, we are happy to offer safe, pain and stress free tooth extractions. If you want to learn more about wisdom tooth removal or any of our other advanced dental care options, call Tysons Dental Esthetics to schedule a wisdom tooth consultation today.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Woman having tooth removed

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt from the gum line typically between the ages of 17 and 21. These late erupting teeth are an unnecessary evolutionary hangover. Our ancient ancestors needed this third set of molars because their coarse diets lead to tooth damage and loss by this age. Today, improved diet and oral hygiene means most patients have all of their adult teeth, making third molars entirely unnecessary.

Why are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Hand holding an extracted tooth

Due to their late eruption, wisdom teeth can cause numerous oral health concerns that make it necessary for us to recommend tooth removal. Some of the most common reasons for wisdom tooth extraction include:

  • Impaction – wisdom teeth are often unable to erupt from the gum line
  • Crowding – there may not be adequate space to accommodate the additional set of molars
  • Decay – crowding and impaction both increase risk for wisdom tooth decay
  • Misalignment – wisdom teeth may shift surrounding teeth out of alignment, undoing the effects of orthodontic treatments

How are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Metal clasps holding extracted tooth

If your wisdom teeth have fully erupted from the gum line, we will pull them. Pulling a tooth requires that we numb the area around the wisdom teeth. Then, we use a clasp to move the tooth back and forth until it pulls free from the socket. Surgical tooth removal is necessary when wisdom teeth do not fully erupt from the gum line. We will numb the area around their tooth. Then, we use a scalpel to expose the tooth below the gum line in order to gently remove the wisdom teeth from their sockets.

What Happens after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

man in dental chair talking to dentist

Following your wisdom tooth removal treatment, you will likely experience some minor discomfort or inflammation. We will provide you with specific instructions to ensure a quick, comfortable recovery, but most patients are able to make their complete recovery using just over the counter pain relievers and cold compresses. You should feel completely back to normal within a week, but if you experience worsening pain, severe swelling, or signs of infection, you may need to come back to our office for additional treatment.

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