Wisdom Teeth Removal in Leesburg
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that Dr. Ali Mualla performs in Leesburg, VA. The purpose of the surgery is to remove wisdom teeth that are impacted or have not erupted. Wisdom teeth removal is a relatively simple procedure that we can perform in our dental office. The process typically takes about an hour to complete and can require minimal special preparation. Recovery from the surgery is usually brief, and most patients can return to their normal activities within a day or two.
Contact us today to set up an appointment at Leesburg Family Dental. We’ll set up a friendly consultation and help you understand whether or not you should have your wisdom teeth removed.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The wisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt in the mouth. They typically come in at about 18 years of age, but some people may not experience their wisdom teeth until their twenties or even thirties.
What is the Problem With Wisdom Teeth?
Our mouths have become smaller as they have evolved over thousands of years, requiring fewer, smaller teeth to function well when biting and chewing. Wisdom teeth are not generally necessary, and there is usually not enough room in most people’s mouths once they start to erupt. Most of the regular teeth are already in place when wisdom teeth erupt to be displaced and crowded when this happens.
If they do not have enough room to erupt properly, wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they remain under the gum or even jawbone. Impacted teeth can cause many problems, including pain, infection, and damage to the surrounding teeth. Even if a wisdom tooth has partially erupted, problems can arise. Plaque and bacteria can become trapped under the gum, increasing the chance for infection and tooth decay.
How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
To prepare for your procedure, review any instructions provided by Leesburg family dental. These instructions may include fasting and wearing loose clothing. The procedure for removing wisdom teeth typically involves a few simple steps. We will start by ensuring you are comfortable and ready for the process.
The first step is to numb the area around the teeth with a local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Mualla will use a surgical incision and specialized tools to reach the tooth under the gum or bone tissue. The final step is to stitch up the wound and apply a bandage.
You will want to arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure, as you will likely feel the anesthesia effects for a short time.
Recovery After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most people can return to their normal activities within a day or two after the surgery. Recovery from wisdom teeth removal is typically relatively brief and uncomplicated. It would be best to take it easy while recovering, and you will want to eat soft foods when possible—things like yogurt, ice cream, and creamy peanut butter. Eventually, you can experiment with harder foods depending on your discomfort level.
We will also provide some helpful instructions for care after the procedure to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. Keep us posted on how you feel, especially if something doesn’t feel right.
Wisdom Teeth Removal and More in Leesburg
If you are considering wisdom teeth removal, be sure to talk to us about the procedure and what to expect. Dr. Ali Mualla and the staff at Leesburg Family Dental are experienced and skilled wisdom teeth removal specialists. We can help you determine if wisdom teeth removal is right for you.
We can also help you with any dental needs for your entire family. Our extensive service list includes family dentistry, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more.