Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. Sometimes they don't need to be removed, but they can often grow improperly potentially causing infections and other issues. We provide advanced state-of-the-art oral surgery and urgent wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Rapid City, SD

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars. They come in anywhere between the ages of 17 to 25 and are known to cause issues with many patients’ oral health. Common reasons to have an urgent or even emergency wisdom teeth extraction can be infections, teeth fracturing, and severe pain. We visually examine your wisdom teeth (if they have erupted) and use X-ray imaging to assess the extent of the issue.

Wisdom teeth removal is considered a category of oral surgery and they can be removed by your dentist or an oral surgeon.  Removal usually requires a general anesthetic, especially if you are having more than one wisdom tooth pulled at the same time.

A mockup of an impacted wisdom tooth
  • How do I know if I urgently need my wisdom teeth removed?

    While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later. These signs include:

    • Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which can result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
    • Fracturing or splitting of existing teeth is caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
    • Partial emergence caused infection —if your wisdom teeth are only partially emerged through the gums they can be a magnet for bacteria that can cause oral infection.
  • How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?

    As wisdom teeth grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gum line, they may become inflamed or bleed. This can cause headaches or tooth pain. Here are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:

    1. Rinse with salt water, this will also help reduce the risk of infection if not already present
    2. Apply peppermint extract to your gums to soothe pain
    3. Take aspirin or an over-the-counter pain reliever
    4. Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
  • What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

    When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to come in normally, it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth depending on where the teeth lie within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth has penetrated through the bone, but the gum is still covering part of the tooth. When the tooth has partially erupted, but a part of the tooth remains submerged in the jawbone, this is considered partially bony impaction. Complete bony impaction occurs when the tooth is entirely encased by jawbone.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about wisdom teeth removal, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Black Hills Dentures, Implants and Urgent Care – Rapid City

719 Omaha St
Rapid City, SD 57701
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