Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow in the very back of your mouth. While they sometimes require removal, they may cause issues if they grow incorrectly. At Handcrafted Smiles, we offer state-of-the-art oral surgery services, including removing wisdom teeth if necessary.

Wisdom Teeth Removal
in Arlington Heights, IL

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. They can cause oral health issues for many people. Whether your wisdom teeth are visible or require X-ray imaging for assessment, the team at Handcrafted Smiles can determine if removal is necessary. 

Wisdom teeth removal is a type of oral surgery that your dentist can perform. The procedure can be done at Handcrafted Smiles at both locations, including Arlington Heights. It usually requires a general anesthetic, especially if you must have more than one wisdom tooth removed simultaneously.

impacted wisdom tooth coming in
  • How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

    Are you wondering if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? While everyone is different, some common signs indicate the need for removal. These include:

    • Impaction: If the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. Wisdom teeth can become trapped within your jaw, leading to infection or the development of a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
    • Changing bite alignment: Wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, which can cause a change in your bite alignment.
    • They crowd or damage existing teeth because wisdom teeth do not have enough room to come in properly.
    • Emerging only partially: If your wisdom teeth are only partially emerging through the gums, it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.

    Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth early before the roots and bone fully form, and recovery is faster.

  • How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?

    As wisdom teeth grow and emerge through your gums, you may experience discomfort, inflammation, or bleeding. This can lead to headaches and toothache. To relieve wisdom tooth pain, you can try the following remedies:

    1. Rinse your mouth with saltwater
    2. Use peppermint essential oil or clove oil to soothe the pain
    3. Take aspirin or an over-the-counter pain reliever
    4. Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
  • What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

    When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to come in  normally, it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth depending on where the teeth lie within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth has penetrated through the bone, but the gum is still covering part of the tooth. When the tooth has partially erupted, but a part of the tooth remains submerged in the jawbone, this is considered partially bony impaction. Complete bony impaction occurs when the tooth is entirely encased by jawbone.

More Questions About Wisdom Teeth Removal?

If you have more questions about wisdom teeth removal, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Handcrafted Smiles

2101 S. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 117
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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Hours

Monday: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Select)
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(847) 357-3899