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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Family & General Dentistry located in Olympia, WA
Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom Teeth Extractions services offered in Olympia, WA

Many people experience problems with their wisdom teeth, the last set of molars. Wisdom teeth extraction offers a solution and is an area of specialty for the dental team at Access Dental in Olympia, Washington. If you need to schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth extractions, booking options include online booking or direct phone calls.  

Wisdom Teeth Extractions Q&A

What are wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that emerge through the gums in the very back of your jaw. They’re called “wisdom teeth” because they usually emerge once you’ve reached adulthood and presumably developed more wisdom.  

For many people, these teeth remain beneath the gumline because there is no room for them to emerge or because they’re situated in a sideways position within the jaw. These teeth are considered impacted.  

When are wisdom teeth extractions necessary?

Not all wisdom teeth present an issue, and extraction is not always necessary. However, in some cases, the best option is to remove these molars through a simple oral surgery procedure. 

Here are some examples of cases where extraction might be needed:

  • Wisdom teeth positioning that interferes with orthodontic treatment
  • Wisdom teeth that create dental pain
  • One or more cysts develop 
  • Decay develops in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • Food particles become trapped behind partially erupted wisdom teeth

During your consultation your dentist discusses all available treatment options, including what to expect if you choose to forgo treatment.  

Is wisdom teeth extraction a painful process?

Today’s dental tools and techniques allow for safe and painless wisdom teeth extractions. Anesthesia ensures you rest comfortably throughout the procedure, and there is no discomfort associated with having these molars extracted. 

Your dentist begins by making an incision in your gums to access the tooth. If bone tissue is in the way, removing that bone facilitates tooth removal. In some cases, the tooth must be broken into smaller pieces to aid removal, but again, you won’t feel a thing. 

Next, your dentist cleans the site before closing the wound with dissolvable sutures. A gauze dressing controls bleeding and protects the site in the hours immediately after the procedure. 

Your dentist provides in-depth instructions on how to care for the surgical site. Following these guidelines is the best way to support your body’s natural healing process and also reduces the risk of complications. 

If you’re ready to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions, schedule a visit at Access Dental with online booking, or you’re always welcome to call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff to schedule an appointment.