Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Extracted?

What do you know about wisdom teeth? Also known as third molars, these are additional teeth that erupt as we reach adulthood and unless removed, could lead to serious problems for our smile’s health and beauty. In today’s blog, your Independence, MO, dentist looks at how we remove them with a safe and comfortable dental extraction.

When Do Third Molars Arrive?

These teeth tend to arise as we reach our late teens and early 20s. They erupt in the rear of the mouth and their presence could mean a painful impaction, also known as a partial eruption, as well as misalignment, damaged teeth, infection, and aches and sensitivity. To prevent these complications, we suggest seeing your dentist in your late teens and early 20s to have them removed prior to eruption. The process is short and comfortable, with local anesthetic and dental sedation used to ensure patients enjoy a relaxed, comfortable visit with little to no memory of the procedure afterward.

The Extraction Process

After we administer local anesthetic and sedation, we will open the area of the gums above the soon-to-erupt teeth and then gently remove them with a pair of forceps. Afterward, we close the site with sutures. A friend or family member will bring you home, as sedation takes time to wear off. You will likely receive a prescription for antibiotics and possibly pain medication. Our team will also provide detailed aftercare instructions to facilitates a simpler and complication-free healing process. While wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced, if we need to remove a tooth due to injury or infection, then our team may suggest replacement options, such as bridges, partial dentures, or even single tooth dental implants to fill the gap in your smile.


At home, avoid strenuous activities for the first day or two and for the first day only consume soft foods items. Don’t prod the extraction site with your tongue, and avoid using straws when you drink. We will schedule a follow-up to monitor the healing process and to also remove the sutures. If you have concerns about wisdom teeth, or if you have teeth that ache severely or have become cracked or chipped, then let us know right away. We may be able to address these concerns with restorative treatments or possibly dental extraction. If you have any questions or concerns, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Extractions?

Our team can help you enjoy optimal oral health with extractions and other restorative treatments. To learn more about our restorative treatments, then schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.