Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common, routine oral surgeries in the world. Most of us have our wisdom teeth erupt during our teens or early twenties, and the vast majority of us must have those teeth removed in order to avoid more serious complications down the road. At Keystone OMS, we have a proven track record of providing safe, successful wisdom teeth removal for patients who live in Butler, PA.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the final teeth to emerge in a grown-up smile. Because they enter a smile that is already quite crowded, the wisdom teeth often become impacted (trapped under gum and bone tissue) or erupt at unusual angles. This can cause a number of long-term concerns.

The best way to avoid these long-term oral health complications is to have the wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible. In fact, about 98 percent of people are advised to have their wisdom teeth removed proactively.

Why Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

When left untreated, wisdom teeth can contribute to significant dental health problems. For example:

  • When wisdom teeth become impacted, it significantly increases the risk of your gums and jaw becoming infected.
  • If your wisdom teeth become infected, they often spread disease and decay to your other surrounding teeth, making them more susceptible to infection.
  • Even when the wisdom teeth are not impacted, they can erupt at unnatural angles that cause discomfort, crowding, and the misalignment of or damage to the adjacent teeth.

Also, keep in mind that having your wisdom teeth removed earlier in life (ideally by the time you are in your twenties) results in a smoother procedure while waiting until later in life can make wisdom teeth removal more complicated.

Why Choose Keystone OMS?

Patients from the Butler, PA community entrust Keystone OMS with their wisdom teeth removal needs. Dr. John Clemenza has a stalwart reputation in the area. Consider:

  • He is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
  • He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • He previously served as president of the Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (PSOMS)
  • He stays on top of the latest developments, trends, technologies, and best practices in the industry.

Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Expect

Wisdom teeth removal is a very routine procedure, involving just a few simple steps.

  • Consultation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Clemenza will go over your treatment plan, ask any questions you might have, and confirm that you are a good candidate for a safe procedure.
  • Preparation. For some patients, Dr. Clemenza might provide instructions for preparing for the procedure. For example, you may be advised to pause medications or supplements that might cause bleeding.
  • Surgery. Your surgery will take place in a safe, private treatment room. We will administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort and the entire surgery usually takes no more than 1 hour. Make sure you have someone present to give you a ride home.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

When you have your wisdom teeth removed, you can anticipate a few days of rest and recovery. Full aftercare instructions will be provided during your initial consultation, but here are some highlights:

  • Swelling, soreness, and bleeding are normal over the first couple of days. Ice packs or medications can help manage these symptoms.
  • You will need to start with a liquid diet and then switch to a more normal diet as you feel comfortable.
  • To avoid dislodging your blood clot, do not drink from a straw. Also, avoid carbonated drinks for the first few days.

Schedule Wisdom Teeth Removal Near Butler, PA

Wisdom teeth removal is an important investment in the integrity of your smile. To find out more about having your wisdom teeth out near Butler, PA, schedule a consultation with Keystone OMS at your convenience. Call (724) 981-8884 or contact us online today.

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