Wisdom Teeth

Eugene J. Kim, DDS -  - Oral Surgeon

Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Eugene J. Kim, DDS

Oral Surgeon & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Scottsdale, AZ

If you or a loved one needs to have wisdom teeth extracted, there’s no need to worry. Eugene J. Kim, DDS, of Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Scottsdale, Arizona, is experienced in wisdom teeth extraction, and can expertly remove even deeply impacted wisdom teeth with ease. To learn more or set up your appointment, call to speak with a member of the team.

Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. As the last of your teeth to develop, these molars are called wisdom teeth because they’re usually fully formed in your later teenage years or early adulthood, a time when you’ve begun to attain wisdom.

Very often there simply isn’t room for wisdom teeth to erupt through your gum tissue and function like the rest of your molars. They can become trapped beneath your gums or embedded into your jawbone, a condition called impaction. 

Why would I need my wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth aren’t interfering with your ability to eat or properly clean your teeth, there may be no need for removal. In some cases, however, impacted teeth experience dental decay. 

An argument can also be made for preventive extraction. By removing wisdom teeth early in life, the risk of surgical complications in later years is reduced. A localized gum infection can develop around wisdom teeth, cysts can form, or your wisdom teeth can cause crowding and make orthodontics less effective.  

The decision to remove wisdom teeth is made in partnership with Dr. Kim. He provides all the details you need to make an informed decision about your care. 

What happens during wisdom teeth removal?

During your consultation, you learn about your anesthesia options. Sedation allows you to have your wisdom teeth removed with little to no conscious knowledge of the procedure. You also receive medications to reduce postoperative swelling and pain. 

Once you’re resting comfortably, Dr. Kim makes an incision in your gums to access your wisdom tooth. He may remove the tooth by rocking it back and forth with surgical grips. If the tooth is deeply impacted it may be necessary to break it into smaller pieces for removal. Once the process is complete he cleans the site and closes your gum tissue to allow the healing process to begin. 

Your entire procedure usually takes less than an hour, and you can be in and out of the office in under two hours.

What can I expect after wisdom teeth removal?

Some pain and bleeding is common on the first day after your procedure. Applying ice packs to the outside portion of your jaw can keep swelling to a minimum, and Dr. Kim discusses which medications can help reduce discomfort. 

Following the postoperative instructions provided by Dr. Kim and his team is the best way to support optimal healing after your surgery. If you notice any signs of infection or abnormal sensations, call the office or share that information during your follow-up visit. 

To explore wisdom teeth removal in greater detail, schedule an appointment at Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants online by phone today.