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Wisdom Tooth Extractions - Arlington Heights, IL

Easy Procedures for Comfortable & Healthy Smiles


Wisdom teeth are a product of evolution, but many people today no longer need them. In fact, for many patients, wisdom teeth can cause serious pain and dental problems if left in the mouth. Thankfully, we provide effective and comfortable wisdom tooth extractions in Arlington Heights, IL to keep our patients happy and smiling. Read on to learn more about this process and why it’s necessary.

Why Choose Westgate Dental Care for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Dental Sedation
    Methods Available
  • Pain-Free Wisdom
    Tooth Extractions
  • Experienced Team
    of Dental Experts

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Animated smile with impacted wisdom tooth

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that typically develop in your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes, patients are able to keep their wisdom teeth without any problems, but typically, the jawbone doesn’t have enough space to accommodate them. This can cause problems if they aren’t removed, leading to impacted teeth, where the molars can’t fully break through the gums. We also extract wisdom teeth for these common reasons:

  • Crowding can cause damage to other teeth
  • Wisdom teeth can push your smile out of alignment
  • Wisdom teeth can cause inflammation and pain in the gums
  • Extra teeth make it more difficult to care for the already hard to reach areas of the smile

Candidates for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Young man smiling after wisdom tooth extraction

Typically, we will be monitoring our patients smiles, looking out for your wisdom teeth in our X-rays. We will be able to schedule your appointment before any problems occur. However, wisdom teeth can also appear rapidly in between appointments. You may be able to feel something hard underneath your gums, or you may even see parts of the teeth peeking out. If this occurs, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office!

The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process

Metal clasp holding extracted wisdom tooth

Before beginning, we will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable. We have anesthesia so you won’t have to worry about pain during the procedure. Then, we will make small incisions in the gums to access the wisdom teeth. In some cases, your wisdom teeth may have emerged enough that we can easily extract them all at once. However, more complicated cases may require the division of your tooth, so we can remove it in smaller pieces. Either way, we will keep you relaxed and pain-free. After the teeth are extracted, our expert dentist will clean around the area and stitch it up for a healthy smile.

Aftercare for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Woman having wisdom tooth removed

After your wisdom tooth extraction, you should have someone who can safely drive you home. It’s important to rest for the next couple of days, which is why many patients schedule their treatment on Fridays. Avoid drinking through a straw or eating hard/chewy foods during the first 24 hours. Additionally, take our medication and rinse as prescribed to minimize any soreness or discomfort. You should also avoid brushing and flossing the site during the first couple days but be sure to maintain your regular oral healthcare routine. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office!

Wisdom Tooth Extraction FAQ’s

Woman smiling in dental chair during her wisdom tooth extraction

Curious about wisdom tooth extractions? Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and discuss your concerns directly with one of our friendly team members. However, we also know you may like to prepare on your own, which is why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about wisdom tooth extractions below. Read on to get the information you need for peace of mind during your upcoming appointment.

My Wisdom Teeth Don’t Hurt. Do I Still Need Them Removed?

One of the main warning signs that you need your wisdom teeth extracted is pain. So, if your wisdom teeth are growing in, and you don’t feel any discomfort, do you still need them extracted? Not necessarily! Your mouth may have enough room for them to grow in without affecting your smile. However, in some cases, we will still need to extract your wisdom teeth even if there isn’t any pain to avoid potential dental complications down the road.

Is It Normal to Be Anxious Before Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Dental anxiety is a common problem with millions of Americans reporting at least some kind of dental fear or nerves. However, this anxiety is automatically heightened if you know you have oral surgery on the horizon. There is no need to worry – this feeling is completely normal. We will do all we can to keep you cool, calm, and collected before, during, and after your procedure.

How Long Does It Take to Recover After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

In general, it will take a few days for you to recover after your extraction. We recommend taking at least 2 days off work, and maybe more if your job is physically demanding. If you never like to miss work, you can schedule your appointment on a Friday to give yourself the weekend to relax. It’s important that you allow yourself a few days to recover because activity will hurt the healing process. Soreness and discomfort are normal, but if your pain seems to get worse after at least 3 days of recovery, contact our office right away!

Why Are Wisdom Teeth More Difficult to Remove Compared to Others?

Often, wisdom teeth don’t grow in like your other teeth because they don’t have enough room. This causes them to become impacted – where the tooth is angled in a position that can’t be extracted simply. In this case, we must section the tooth into different pieces before successfully removing it. Additionally, the roots of wisdom teeth can be shaped in a variety of ways, making it more difficult to extract them.

Can I Be Sedated During My Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

We have various types of sedation that we offer in addition to anesthesia. We will always discuss your specific needs and level of anxiety before your appointment. Our team is committed to helping you stay happy, comfortable, and relaxed throughout the entire process. Prior to your visit, we will review your health and medical history before recommending sedation.