While wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure, MK Periodontics and Implants knows that any oral surgery can seem daunting, particularly if you’re a parent making decisions about your child’s care. When you choose our practice, our entire team will be dedicated to making you feel comfortable, responding to your questions and concerns, and partnering with your family in treatment.
Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi see patients in their teens and twenties as well as older patients experiencing problems related to their third molars. Tacoma dentists and orthodontists often refer patients to us for wisdom teeth removal because of our training and our culture of care. From the first visit to the last checkup, we’ll make your experience with our practice one that is relaxed, safe, and supportive.
What Is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Third molars, known as wisdom teeth, are situated at the back of the mouth and typically emerge from the gums around the time a person turns 18 years old. If third molars don’t erupt properly from the gums, they can cause damage and discomfort over time. Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi strive to provide high-quality care to prevent these types of problems.
We encourage families to schedule an appointment with us when their children are 18 to 20 years old. Wisdom teeth removal is ideal at a young age because the tooth roots are not fully developed. This means that patients can expect a shorter and easier recovery.
MK Periodontics and Implants also sees Tacoma patients at later stages of life who never had their wisdom teeth taken out. Often, someone will come in for treatment for gum disease, and he or she will benefit from having their third molars extracted as well. Whichever case may describe your situation, we will take the time.
Why Should I Undergo Wisdom Teeth Removal?
As the wisdom teeth erupt from the gums, they may press against neighboring teeth, damaging them or pushing them out of alignment. Wisdom teeth may also remain stuck below the gum line (impacted).
Over time, wisdom teeth can cause problems such as:
Infection and Gum Disease
Oftentimes, young patients in Tacoma suffer from wisdom teeth that are impacted, meaning they are unable to erupt properly from beneath the gum line. Because of this, tiny cuts are created in the gums, which in turn provides the perfect environment for bacteria and food particles to collect and become infected. If you choose not to have wisdom teeth removal, you could end up with an infection or gum disease, which would require extensive periodontal treatment or cause tooth loss.
Avoiding wisdom teeth removal means you may experience new tooth decay. Because wisdom teeth typically don’t have enough room to properly fit within the mouth, they crowd neighboring teeth as they force their way in. This overcrowding makes proper oral health care difficult, and many patients end up with new cavities as a result.
Pericoronitis or Lockjaw
Wisdom teeth removal can protect Tacoma patients from more serious oral health complications such as pericoronitis or lockjaw. Small cuts or flaps of skin often trap bacteria and plaque beneath the gum line. If this occurs, the bacteria can cause infection (and spread in your body) which could cause pain, swelling, and even lockjaw.
Having wisdom teeth extracted at a young age reduces the risk of these conditions. If you are already experiencing these problems, Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi are available to discuss options for treatment. We want you to have the best and healthiest smile possible.
What Should I Expect From Wisdom Teeth Removal?
When you come for an appointment, we will work to make your visit comfortable, personal, and informative. From our doctors to our nurses to our professional staff, we are committed to providing you treatment in the way that you want to be treated.
During your visit, Dr. Karbakhsch or Dr. Katafuchi will use a series of advanced 3D scans to map the underlying structures of your teeth and jaws. Taking scans is completely non-invasive, and the process will allow your doctor to identify the location of your wisdom teeth and to determine whether they require removal.
Parents of younger patients often have questions about wisdom teeth removal. We involve Tacoma families every step of the way, helping them understand how surgery and recovery works and how we’ll be providing support. Collaboration is a trademark of our approach to patient care.
Once you decide to have the surgery, you’ll schedule an appointment with our staff. We’ll also provide you with guidance in preparing for your procedure.
Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi perform their surgeries on-site in our Tacoma offices. As part of the procedure:
- You’ll receive IV sedation from an experienced craniofacial anesthetist. This will allow you to sleep through the experience. Our top priorities are your safety and comfort.
- Your doctor will remove the wisdom teeth and close the surgical sites with resorbable sutures. This way, you don’t have to come back to the office to have them removed.
- You’ll wake up, have time to rest in our office, and be able to go home on the same day as your procedure.
Visit MK Perio in Tacoma for Wisdom Teeth Removal Today
MK Periodontics and Implants will share guidelines for home care following your wisdom teeth removal. However, we are always here for you in case you have questions or concerns. By the time you recover fully, your smile and bite should feel the same as before your procedure, without the risk of future dental damage.
Learn more about what you can expect with wisdom teeth removal. Contact us online or by phone at (253) 752-6336 at our Tacoma office and schedule your appointment.