Millions of Americans undergo wisdom tooth removal each year. Many of those surgeries are performed when the third molars fail to fully erupt. Dr. Andy Maples can remove wisdom teeth that are impacted, infected, or causing teeth crowding. His Loveland, CO, dental practice team is dedicated to providing an experience that is comfortable, personalized, and exceptional in quality. In addition to being a graduate of Seattle's Clay Center in the areas of periodontics and prosthodontics, Dr. Maples goes above and beyond Colorado's required amount of annual continuing education requirements.
While wisdom tooth removal may sound painful, the majority of patients who undergo the procedure report minimal discomfort associated with the removal of their molars. There are many oral health benefits following the outpatient oral surgery. A few of these include:
At West Lake Dental, we offer advanced imaging technology, including CBCT scanners and digital x-rays, to diagnose the cause of your wisdom tooth discomfort. One possible cause may be impaction. The warning signs of this condition include:
These symptoms should be taken seriously. An infection can spread quickly, compromising the health of surrounding teeth and gum tissue.
Beyond having impacted wisdom teeth, candidates for this procedure often have:
Dr. Maples will closely examine your teeth before recommending wisdom tooth removal. During your procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the areas around your wisdom teeth so you feel little to no discomfort. Patients who are nervous about the procedure can benefit from our oral conscious sedation options. An incision may be made around the tooth before the molar is broken into smaller pieces and carefully removed.
We are dedicated to providing an experience that is comfortable, personalized, and exceptional in quality.
After your wisdom teeth have been removed, any incisions will be sutured closed and gauze will be used to control bleeding. Light swelling, bruising, and intermittent bleeding is to be expected on the first day or two after surgery. Soreness should completely subside by the first week. Full recovery usually takes around two weeks.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, we recommend contacting us immediately. Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing problems, they can lead to undesirable complications later. Dr. Maples will help you determine if wisdom tooth removal is right for you. If you undergo this outpatient surgery, you will be working with a highly skilled team of oral health professionals. Dr. Maples completes about 150 hours of continuing education each year, far above the 15 hours mandated by the state of Colorado. To schedule an appointment to discuss wisdom tooth removal, contact our office online or call (970) 669-1444.