Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Herndon Healthy Smiles

Joseph Alwan, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Herndon, VA

Did you know wisdom teeth got their name because they’re your last set of molars to develop? Many Americans have to get this final set of molars removed because of various dental health issues. In fact, more than 85% of the population have had their wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Joseph Alwan at Herndon Healthy Smiles in Herndon, Virginia, can determine if wisdom teeth removal is right for you. Call Herndon Healthy Smiles today or schedule an appointment online to come in for a consultation.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are your wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars, which are located at the very back of your mouth. This final set of molars usually develops between the ages of 17-21, emerging behind your molars on both sides of your lower and upper jaw.

Your wisdom teeth either fully emerge, partially emerge, or stay buried in your gum tissue.

What are common symptoms of wisdom teeth pain?

It’s not unlikely to experience pain at the back of your mouth, which can gradually increase as your wisdom teeth try to erupt. This can be especially true if your teeth grow in sideways or misaligned.

Your wisdom teeth can press on your nerves or overcrowd your surrounding teeth. When this happens, your gum line can become inflamed and bleed. Some people experience ongoing toothaches that lead to bad headaches.

Sometimes, your wisdom teeth might become impacted. This is when your neighboring teeth or jawbone prevents your wisdom teeth from erupting through your gums’ surface. This can lead to severe pain, infection, and other complications.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth removal is a common surgical procedure to remove one or all of your wisdom teeth. Depending on how many of your wisdom teeth require extraction, the process typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour. Dr. Alwan administers a type of anesthesia, so you don’t feel pain or discomfort during the procedure.

During the procedure, Dr. Alwan may have to make an incision in your gum tissue and bone to remove your tooth. If this is the case, he uses dissolvable stitches to close the incision. These stitches go away on their own after a few days. Dr. Alwan may also place gauze pads in the back of your mouth after the surgery to minimize bleeding.

What are the benefits of wisdom teeth removal?

Several benefits come with having your wisdom teeth removed, including the prevention of future painful complications. Wisdom teeth removal helps with:

  • Alleviating pain caused by wisdom teeth
  • Eliminating infectious disease or tooth decay due to partially-erupted wisdom teeth
  • Keeping your mouth clean
  • Preventing your wisdom teeth from damaging your surrounding teeth and bone

If you or your loved one is experiencing pain from wisdom teeth, call Dr. Alwan at Herndon Healthy Smiles today or schedule an appointment online.