Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Burke VA and Chevy Chase MD

We’ll handle your wisdom teeth removal with care.

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that typically emerge in your late teens or early twenties. In some cases, there simply isn’t room in the mouth for these teeth. When your wisdom teeth first start to appear, your dentist can determine whether or not extraction will be necessary. Many issues occur because the teeth arrive too close to existing permanent ones, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems. We understand this can be a stressful decision, so we consult with every patient and take a conservative approach.

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Dr. Ghannam conducts a thorough examination.

How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Each patient’s situation is unique. Your dentist will usually take a panoramic X-ray to determine whether your wisdom teeth will need to be removed. If your dentist recommends removal of your wisdom teeth, it is best to have them removed sooner rather than later.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier, as well as making the recovery time much shorter.

Artisan Dental will prevent further problems.

We’ll make the removal and healing as painless as possible.

To remove a wisdom tooth, your dentist first needs to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Your dentist can use additional medication to safely sedate you during the extraction if you are feeling nervous about the procedure. Since the impacted tooth may still be under the gums and imbedded in your jaw bone, your dentist will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. To minimize the amount of bone that is removed with the tooth, your dentist will often “section” your wisdom tooth so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone.

Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Healing time varies depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction. Your dentist will let you know what to expect and will provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.