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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Aspen Hill, MD

Careful and Precise Wisdom Tooth Removal

Are you struggling with chronic jaw pain? If you’re between the ages of 16 and 25, it may be stemming from your wisdom teeth. Don’t worry – our team at the Dental Center of Aspen Hill can help patients get out of pain by removing them before they have a chance to cause harm. Thanks to our dental experts, we can even perform the entire process of wisdom tooth extractions at our conveniently located office in Aspen Hill! If you want to schedule an appointment, get in touch with us. If you want to learn more, read on.

Why Choose the Dental Center of Aspen Hill for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Skilled, Friendly, and Accommodating Dental Team
  • We Make Your Comfort the #1 Priority
  • Modern Dental Office Equipped with Advanced Technology

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Dentist pointing to wisdom tooth on patient's X-ray

Your third set of molars are referred to as “wisdom teeth.” Why? Because they typically don’t make an appearance until the late teens or early twenties. At your biannual checkups, our dedicated dentists will keep an eye on how they are developing. If they are growing in sideways, they are stuck beneath your gums, or there simply isn’t enough space in your mouth, we will remove them.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Woman with toothache at dentist's office

Once wisdom teeth have begun to erupt, the patient will likely have all of their other permanent teeth. This means the wisdom teeth won’t have the room that they need, resulting in a variety of problems. For example, they can become stuck under gum tissue or adult teeth and cause pain, crowding, and even oral infections. At this point, removing them is essential in order to maintain your healthy, happy smile.

What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

Young man smiling during checkup after wisdom tooth extraction

When we’ve confirmed that your wisdom teeth need to come out, you can expect the procedure to look like the following:

  • First, we’ll numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic to make you comfortable.
  • After we’ve confirmed that the area is sufficiently numb, we’ll begin removing any gum and bone tissue that is still covering the tooth.
  • Next, we’ll remove the tooth, typically in smaller pieces rather than all at once.
  • Finally, we’ll stitch the treatment area closed.

Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Smiling man sitting in dental office

In the days following your appointment, you may experience some minor swelling and bleeding. To make the road to recovery as smooth and comfortable as possible, we recommend:

  • Avoiding physical activities, like lifting weights
  • Sticking to soft foods
  • Taking OTC pain medication (as directed on the label)
  • Keeping your mouth clean
  • Not smoking, spitting, or drinking through a straw

By the end of the week, you should feel considerably better and be able to resume your regular diet and routine.