Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth services offered in Fort Wayne and Huntington, IN

Up to 85% of people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. There are plenty of urban legends about the procedure, but it's safe and virtually pain-free, thanks to modern tools and anesthetics. At Marvel Dental in Fort Wayne and Huntington, Indiana, the team of experienced dentists has years of experience safely removing wisdom teeth. Call the nearest Marvel Dental office to schedule wisdom teeth removal, or book your appointment online today.

Wisdom Teeth Q&A

What are wisdom teeth, and why do they present risks?

Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, break through your gum line between the ages of 17 and 24 after all your other permanent teeth come in. This is a normal part of aging, but the delay in their development increases the risk of crowding and impaction (the inability of your wisdom teeth to break through the gum line). 

Because many people don’t have enough room in their mouths for wisdom teeth, extractions provide a safe and effective way to prevent problems before they occur. 

Are wisdom teeth extractions always necessary?

The Marvel Dental team might recommend wisdom teeth extractions if you have:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Wisdom teeth that grow in crooked or sideways
  • Gum disease around your molars
  • Pain near the back of your mouth
  • Trapped food or debris beneath your wisdom teeth
  • A cavity in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • Loss of bone in your upper or lower jaw

Often, wisdom teeth extraction is a preventive measure. The Marvel Dental team might recommend extractions to reduce the risk of future complications even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. 

How do I prepare for wisdom teeth removal?

Before wisdom teeth removal surgery, your Marvel Dental provider takes oral X-rays to determine their exact location. Let your provider know about the vitamins, medications, and supplements you take. 

Your provider explains the procedure in-depth, answers your questions, and explains your sedation options. Most people only need local anesthesia or laughing gas, but you might be a candidate for sleep dentistry if you have dental anxiety or a low pain tolerance. 

It takes several hours for the anesthetic to wear off, so you need to have a friend or family member pick you up after your wisdom tooth removal. 

What happens during wisdom teeth removal surgery?

Your Marvel Dental provider administers an anesthetic and makes incisions in your gums to expose your wisdom teeth. They use handheld tools to carefully loosen each tooth and then pull them from their sockets. 

After removing your wisdom teeth, your provider cleans the empty sockets, places stitches to close the surgical sites, and packs them with gauze to stop the bleeding. Then, they write you a prescription for antibiotics and pain medication and move you to a recovery room until the anesthetic wears off. You will have to have someone drive you home after the procedure. 

Call the nearest Marvel Dental office to schedule a wisdom teeth extraction consultation, or book your appointment online today.