Wisdom Tooth Extractions - Tukwila, WA

Comfortable Removal of Damaged and Broken Teeth

  • Prevent Crowding and Misalignment of Surrounding Teeth
  • Reduce the Risk of Gum Infections and Decay
  • Alleviate Headaches and Jaw Pain
  • Minimize the Risk of Cysts and Tumors
  • Promote Proper Teeth Alignment and Bite Functionality
  • Before oral hygiene became a priority, it was more common for people to lose a few teeth by the time they entered their late teen or early adult years. At that time, the third molars, more commonly called the wisdom teeth, would erupt. Now, many of us tend to take much better care of our teeth and actually don’t have space for these additional molars. To prevent overcrowding and infection, we may need to remove the wisdom teeth. If this is the case for you or your child, Dr. Timmerman and our team will do everything we can to guarantee patient comfort throughout wisdom tooth extractions in Tukwila, WA.

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    Why Should I Have my Wisdom Teeth Removed?

    Insufficient space in the oral cavity for the complete eruption of third molars can lead to various complications. It is advisable to extract impacted wisdom teeth before their roots are fully formed, which can occur as early as 12 or 13 years old for some individuals, while others may experience this later in their early twenties. The likelihood of encountering problems tends to rise after the age of 30. Failing to remove your wisdom teeth can result in a range of potential issues.


    Pericoronitis, a localized gum infection, is the most common clinical issue observed. Insufficient space for complete tooth eruption can lead to irritation and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth. This, in turn, causes recurring pain, swelling, and difficulties with chewing and swallowing.

    Cyst Formation

    Non-communicable illnesses can also occur due to an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs within the jaw bone, can develop and gradually expand, causing damage to nearby jaw bone and sometimes teeth. Treating these cysts can be challenging if wisdom teeth are not extracted during adolescence. While uncommon, tumors can be linked to the delayed removal of wisdom teeth.

    Possible Crowding

    The presence of impacted wisdom teeth can potentially lead to the overcrowding of your teeth, particularly the lower front teeth. This occurrence is frequently observed after a patient has undergone orthodontic treatment. Several factors can cause teeth to become crowded after braces or during early adulthood, with retained impacted wisdom teeth being one of them. The primary reason for their removal, unless there is an ongoing issue, is to safeguard your teeth, gums, and jaw bone from long-term damage.

    Damage to Adjacent Teeth

    Insufficient space for cleaning around the wisdom tooth may lead to negative consequences for the adjacent tooth, specifically the second molar. These consequences can include gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.

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    What to Expect After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

    As with any other tooth extraction, the aftermath of your wisdom teeth extraction matters. After all, it is a surgical procedure! You need to be sure to heal properly, or you could develop a painful infection called dry socket. Here are some tips to help you have a healthier recovery:

    Wisdom Tooth Extractions FAQs

    Discover valuable insights into wisdom tooth extractions with our comprehensive Wisdom Tooth Extractions FAQs. From understanding the need for removal to post-operative care, our expert team at South Seattle Smiles in Tukwila, WA will address your concerns and ensure a smooth extraction process.
    Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often cause problems due to their late eruption and limited space in the mouth. Common issues include impacted teeth, overcrowding, infection, decay, and misalignment. Extracting wisdom teeth can prevent these complications and protect the overall health of your smile.
    At South Seattle Smiles in Tukwila, WA, we prioritize patient comfort during wisdom tooth extractions. We utilize local anesthesia to ensure the procedure is virtually painless. In some cases, we may offer sedation options to help you relax and alleviate any anxiety. Our experienced dental team will guide you through the process and provide post-operative instructions to promote a smooth recovery.
    The optimal time for wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person. In general, it’s recommended to have them removed during the late teenage years or early twenties when the roots are not fully developed. However, some individuals may require extraction at a later age due to specific dental concerns. Our dental team will assess your oral health and recommend the most suitable timing for your wisdom tooth removal.
    During the extraction, our skilled dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue if necessary to access the wisdom tooth. The tooth will be gently loosened and carefully removed. The area will be cleaned, and sutures may be placed if needed. Our dental team will provide detailed instructions for post-operative care to promote healing and minimize any discomfort.
    Recovery times vary depending on the complexity of the extraction and individual healing factors. Most patients experience mild swelling and discomfort for a few days following the procedure. It’s important to follow our post-operative instructions, which may include pain management techniques, dietary restrictions, and maintaining good oral hygiene. Our dental team will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing.
    As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, although they are relatively rare. These may include infection, dry socket, nerve damage, or prolonged bleeding. Our experienced dental team takes every precaution to minimize these risks and will provide you with comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative instructions to promote a successful outcome.
    We strongly recommend arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure, as the effects of anesthesia or sedation may temporarily impair your ability to drive safely. It’s essential to have a responsible adult accompany you to ensure your comfort and safety during transportation.
    Initially, it’s recommended to stick to a soft or liquid diet for the first few days following the extraction. As you heal, you can gradually reintroduce solid foods. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could disturb the surgical site. Our dental team will provide you with specific dietary guidelines tailored to your situation to promote healing and minimize discomfort.
    In some cases, if the wisdom teeth are healthy, properly aligned, and have enough space to erupt, extraction may not be necessary. Our dental team will thoroughly evaluate your unique situation and discuss all available options to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.
    Leaving impacted or problematic wisdom teeth untreated can lead to various complications. These include the development of cysts or tumors around the impacted teeth, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease, chronic pain or discomfort, and difficulty in maintaining proper oral hygiene in that area. It’s important to address wisdom teeth issues promptly to prevent these potential complications and maintain the health of your smile.
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