Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that develop beneath the gums during the mid to late teens, making them difficult to identify without a proper examination at our office in Cody, WY. In many cases, patients don’t realize the molars are growing in until they start causing oral health problems.
There are rare cases where wisdom teeth will grow in correctly; however, the average mouth is too small to accommodate their growth. Without enough space, the molars generally result in impaction, infection, dental crowding, cysts, and even tumors.
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Third molars present an increased risk for oral health problems even if they are fully grown. Because they are located at the back of the mouth, they are incredibly hard to clean and take care of. Once serious problems develop, removal can become more complicated and costly.
The most common problems associated with wisdom teeth include
- Tooth decay, bacterial growth, and gum disease
- Dental crowding caused by the wisdom teeth growing in at an incorrect angle
- Periodontal disease, which often results in tenderness, pain, swelling, stiffness, and even bad breath
- Development of cysts and tumors
Attending routine visits at your dentist can help prevent your molars from developing incorrectly and causing more serious problems. If your molars have already begun growing in, we strongly recommend visiting our office to have them examined. Even if you haven’t noticed any problematic symptoms, you may still require removal. At our office in Cody, WY, one of our oral surgeons can examine your condition and determine the best treatment. Early removal typically means an easier procedure and quicker recovery.
What happens during surgery in Cody, WY?
Before your surgical appointment, Dr. Bennion, Dr. Boyce, or Dr. Tracy will thoroughly examine your mouth, review your health history, and take X-rays and 3D scans. This consultation process helps your oral surgeon determine the size and position of your teeth so he can develop the most accurate treatment plan.
After your initial appointment is complete, we will schedule your surgery. It will be performed in our state-of-the-art surgical center in Cody, WY. To ensure you are comfortable at all times, we offer a variety of anesthesia options for your procedure:
- Local Anesthesia – This form of anesthesia is applied directly to the surgical site to numb the area around the wisdom teeth and ensure the patient feels no pain.
- Nitrous Oxide –Also known as laughing gas, this anesthetic is typically used in combination with local anesthesia to calm anxiety before and during the procedure.
- IV Anesthesia – Medications are given through an intravenous (IV) line, which allows your doctor to tailor the anesthesia to your needs, whether you require a light or deep sleep. You will rest comfortably throughout the procedure and only wake up once it’s completed.
Our doctors are highly trained in the administration of all forms of anesthesia, and they would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We want to ensure you are fully prepared and comfortable with your intended treatment. We will also provide you with instructions for your pre- and post-operative care. If you require removal, please contact our office in Cody, WY, to schedule an appointment.