Wisdom Teeth Removal in Denver, CO

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Your dentist says it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth. It should only take a few days for you to heal and feel back to normal.


Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, and they’re spotted on X-rays. Most people have them removed for one of these reasons:


  1. They’re impacted. Because they’re so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful.
  2. They come in at the wrong angle. They may press against your other teeth.
  3. Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars.
  4. You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.


You’ll meet with the dental surgeon to talk about the process. At this appointment, make sure you:


  • Talk about any health problems you have.
  • List any drugs you take on a regular basis.
  • Ask any questions you have about the surgery.
  • Discuss what type of anesthesia you’ll have. You can either be numb or asleep during your surgery.
  • Plan time off from work or school to have your surgery and rest afterward at home. Set up child care, pet care, or a ride home if needed.


Your surgery should take 45 minutes or less.


You’ll get one of these types of anesthesia so you don’t feel pain during the removal:


  1. Local Anesthetic: Your doctor will numb your mouth with a shot of local anesthetic such as lidocaine or mepivicaine. You may also breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to relax or even doze during surgery. You should feel alert again shortly afterward.
  2. Oral Sedation (Sleep Dentistry): You will numb your mouth and also give you medications placed under your tongue that will help relieve anxiety, relax you or even cause you to drift off to sleep. Many patients sleep through the procedure
  3. IV Sedation (Deep Sedation): The surgeon will numb your mouth and also give you drugs through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy. You might sleep during the whole procedure.

Your doctor may have to cut your gums or bone to get the teeth out. If so, they’ll stitch the wounds shut so they heal quickly. These stitches usually dissolve after a few days. They may also pack gauze pads in your mouth to soak up some of the blood.

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