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-area dentists and orthodontists often refer patients to us for wisdom teeth removal because of our expertise 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.
Understanding 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 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-area 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.
Wisdom Teeth Removal and Your Smile
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, this can cause problems such as:
- Infection and gum disease.
- Tooth decay.
- Pericoronitis or 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 discussion options for treatment. We want you to have the best and healthiest smile possible.
Visiting MK Periodontics and Implants for 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-area 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.
What You Can Expect With Wisdom Teeth Removal
Once you decide to have the surgery, you’ll schedule the 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-area 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.
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 that 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 in the Tacoma area or at our Kirkland office (425) 820-2414 and schedule your appointment.