Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always need to be removed, but they can cause problems if they are not growing in properly. At Handcrafted Smiles, our services encompass cutting-edge oral surgery, including the removal of wisdom teeth when required.

Wisdom Teeth Removal
in Arlington Heights, IL

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars, typically emerging between the ages of 17 and 25. They have a tendency to pose challenges to the oral health of numerous individuals. Whether your wisdom teeth have already surfaced and are visible or require assessment through X-ray imaging, the team at Handcrafted Smiles can determine if removal is necessary.

Wisdom teeth removal is considered a category of oral surgery and they can be removed by your dentist. The procedure can be done at both of our locations, or Arlington Heights. Wisdom teeth removal usually requires a general anesthetic, especially if you are having more than one wisdom tooth pulled at the same time.

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

    While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed. These signs include:

    • Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which can result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
    • Changing bite alignment—wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, this can cause a change in your bite alignment.
    • Crowding or damage to existing teeth caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
    • Emerging only partially—if your wisdom teeth are only partially emerged through the gums it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.

    Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age, before the roots and bone are fully formed and when recovery is faster.

  • How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?

    As wisdom teeth grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gum line, they may become inflamed or bleed. This can cause headaches or tooth pain. Here are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:

    1. Rinse with saltwater
    2. Use peppermint essential oils or clover oil to soothe 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: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Select)
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(847) 357-3899