Wisdom Teeth Removal in Kennewick

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Grandridge Dental serves patients of all ages who have a variety of insurance policies and budgets. We can also accommodate you with a payment plan. Our staff is focused on patient-centered care and comfort.

Over 10 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed every year. We know that a wisdom tooth extraction is not something you look forward to. However, we want to make your experience as pleasant and efficient as possible.

Why Do You Need to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to appear. They normally arrive between ages 18 to 21. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom. They often grow in at an angle, which can shift the position of your other teeth.

If they decay, they are extremely difficult to treat. These molars are more prone to infection because they are hard to brush and floss. Sometimes, there is not enough room in the mouth for these four extra teeth. The molars may grow under the gums. This is called dental impaction. It leads to soreness, discomfort, and issues with alignment. In extreme cases, wisdom teeth can cause bone loss in the jaw or create lesions in the mouth.

Simple Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Kennewick

If your wisdom teeth are exposed, removal is straightforward. We numb your gums before injecting a local anesthetic near the molar. After that, we simply loosen the tooth and pull it out. You’ll leave the office with a gauze-filled mouth, as this staunches the bleeding and protects the nerves from painful exposure.

What About Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

If your wisdom teeth are buried under your gums, removal requires oral surgery. We use a stronger anesthetic that makes patients sleepy and blocks pain receptors. We need to cut below the gum line and work the tooth out of its socket. You may be groggy after your surgery, so make sure to get a ride home from the office.

Wisdom Tooth Recovery

Here are some tips for a speedy recovery after wisdom teeth removal:

  • Use a cold pack to reduce swelling
  • Eat soft foods such as applesauce, soup, or yogurt
  • Gargle warm salt water if instructed to do so by your dentist
  • Take time to rest and recover
  • Drink plenty of water but avoid soda, alcohol, and hot beverages for 24 hours
  • Avoid spitting too much, as this can break up the blood clot forming in your socket
  • Take painkillers as instructed by your dentist

If you need a wisdom tooth extraction in Kennewick, call (509) 380-9046.

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