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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Federal Way, WA

Free Yourself of Teeth You Don’t Need

Wisdom teeth are an unpleasant rite of passage. Most people will have to deal with them at some point in their life and will often struggle with the unpleasantries that they entail. Impactions, misalignment, and even infections can all come with the arrival of wisdom teeth.

Thankfully, wisdom teeth extractions are no problem for the team here at Drew Beaty DDS. If you’re near Federal Way, WA, we’ll be happy to free you of teeth you don’t need! Make an appointment with us and we’ll be happy to bring you in for a consultation.

Why Choose Drew Beaty DDS for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Comfortable Office and Friendly Dental Team
  • Sedation Available to Maximize Your Comfort
  • Experienced Dentists Who Will Personalize Your Care

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

someone holding their cheek

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to arrive, sprouting in the very back of the mouth sometime in late adulthood. It’s thought that they’re a relic from a period of human history when our ancestors lost many of their teeth before their twenties; however, this is no longer the case for most people.

Most people are born with four wisdom teeth, though some people are born with three, two, one, or none at all.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed? 

picture of an impacted wisdom tooth

Wisdom teeth themselves aren’t necessarily a problem—they’re a normal molar, just like any other. However, their late arrival often causes problems for patients. Wisdom teeth often lead to overcrowding, and they can even become impacted or fail to emerge completely. These teeth also tend to be difficult to clean, which means that they’re unusually susceptible to infection.

Some people have their wisdom teeth come in without any issues, particularly if they had bicuspids removed before orthodontic treatment. However, if you notice any of the above issues, taking yours out is probably a good idea.

What to Expect From the Wisdom Teeth Procedure 

tooth in a pair of forceps

What wisdom tooth extractions entail depends on the nature of teeth themselves. If they’ve mostly emerged, the process will be similar to any other tooth extraction. This will involve numbing the tooth completely, then using a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth from the socket before removing it with forceps.

If the wisdom teeth are impacted, surgical removal may be necessary. Depending on its complexity, we can either complete this in-house or refer you to an external specialist.

Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Extraction 

picture of removed wisdom tooth

After your wisdom tooth has been removed, it’s common to be pretty sore for a few days. This may be accompanied by facial swelling and some bleeding, though these should fade fairly quickly.

While you’re healing, it’s important to do what you can not to disturb the wound. Many patients adopt a soft food diet, which reduces the risks associated with excessive chewing. It’s also important not to drink anything through a straw or spit excessively, as this can lead to dry socket.

Take any pain medications you’ve been prescribed precisely as directed, and rely on over-the-counter pain medicine when necessary. If you run into any issues, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Wisdom tooth extractions can be intimidating, but we can assure you that the treatment is a breeze. If you need one, make an appointment with us—you’ll be glad you did!