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Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Paul Y. Roe, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Paul Y. Roe, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Bothell, WA & Maple Valley, WA

Wisdom teeth are often associated with the chipmunk-like face you get after their extraction. At PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Paul Y. Roe, DDS, works with men and women living in Bothell and Maple Valley, Washington, to perform effective and painless wisdom teeth extractions. Through comprehensive diagnosis and expert attention to detail, Dr. Roe makes sure to remove wisdom teeth before they impact neighboring teeth. Get in touch with the office today by phone or online to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow out in your adult life. They typically come out in your late teenage years or your early 20’s, and sit directly behind the molars.

In some cases, wisdom teeth don’t grow in. They’ll stay buried in the gum tissue or only partially emerge.

What causes wisdom tooth pain?

Wisdom tooth pain occurs when teeth surrounding the wisdom tooth are impacted, which is when your mouth isn't big enough for the wisdom tooth to grow in properly. As a result, the tooth pushes into the teeth surrounding it and causes pain. This can also lead to your wisdom tooth growing at an angle or getting stuck in your jawbone.

What are common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth typically press on the nerves in your gum tissue as they grow out. As a result, you might experience inflammation or bleeding in your gum line. This can lead to toothaches and headaches.

Nonetheless, impacted wisdom teeth can exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Bad breath
  • Redness, tenderness, and inflammation
  • Bleeding
  • Inability to fully open your mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Cyst formation

You should get in touch with Dr. Roe if you’ve experienced any of the above. He can perform a CT scan to identify the extent of the damage and recommend treatment.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

Before removing your wisdom teeth, Dr. Roe performs a CT scan to determine how many of them need to be extracted.

Wisdom tooth extractions often don't take longer than an hour, although this varies based on how many wisdom teeth are getting removed.  

Dr. Roe makes a small incision in your gum tissue and bone to remove the tooth and uses dissolvable stitches to close it up. These stitches go away naturally with no need for a follow-up visit.

To ensure the utmost comfort during the procedure, you can choose between local or general anesthesia. Dr. Roe discusses with you the best option based on your overall health and preference.

Get in touch with PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today by phone or online to learn about wisdom teeth extractions.