Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Deerfield, IL

We Take Care of Wisdom Teeth Safely & Comfortably

Not everyone has wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, but those who do often get them removed. If your wisdom teeth pose a threat to your oral health by causing crowding, pain, or infection, our Deerfield dental team can safely remove them for you. To learn more about the treatment process, aftercare, and more, keep reading or get in touch with us to schedule an appointment!

Why Choose Deerfield Dentist for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Dentist with 30+ Years of Experience & Advanced Training
  • Same-Day & After-Hours Emergency Appointments Available
  • Dental Insurance Welcome & Financing Available

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Illustration of wisdom tooth breaking through the gumline

As we touched on above, wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, which typically make an appearance between the ages of 16 and 25. For our ancestors, they were necessary because of their diets and poor oral hygiene. However, they often are more harmful than helpful today.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Woman holding cheek because of jaw pain

Contrary to popular belief, wisdom teeth don’t ALWAYS have to be removed. If they’re healthy, they can be a long-term part of any smile! Unfortunately, this is not often the case. This specific set of teeth usually doesn’t have enough room to erupt properly, which can cause discomfort and threaten a patient’s oral health. They can potentially press on the nearby teeth or start to come in at an odd angle. Plus, they can create a flap in the gums that easily gathers food debris and bacteria, increasing the risk of cavities.

What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

Dentist with white gloves numbing patient's mouth

On the day of your appointment, we’ll welcome you into our office, have you fill out any relevant paperwork, and take you back to the treatment room. Whether you’re having one wisdom tooth removed or all of them, the first step is always the same: thoroughly numbing the area of your mouth that we’ll be working on. Once you can’t feel anything, we’ll use special instruments to gently remove your wisdom teeth.

Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Man in denim shirt smiling while sitting in treatment chair

Our patients can rest easy knowing that we prioritize their comfort throughout the extraction process. Once one or more wisdom teeth have been removed, some minor discomfort, swelling, and bleeding are expected. These symptoms should subside after a week or so – if they don’t, go ahead and contact us!

Here are some helpful tips for how to recover from the procedure smoothly at home:

  • Avoid direct contact with the treatment site, and do not vigorously rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours.
  • Apply a cold compress to the cheek outside of the surgery site to help reduce swelling.
  • Stick to soft foods, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using straws (the suction may accidentally dislodge blood clots).
  • Take prescribed pain medications when you begin to feel discomfort.

If you want to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions or any of our other dental services, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!