Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop. They generally grow during late teen or early adult years, which historically is called the “age of wisdom”, hence the name wisdom teeth. Often the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these teeth. which is why in many cases they may need to be removed.
When Must Wisdom Teeth be Removed?
The best time to have wisdom teeth removed is as a teenager or young adult. Wisdom teeth can become problematic if they are unable to come up through the gums completely. This causes the wisdom teeth to become impacted, which means the tooth remains under the gum, or is blocked from erupting or coming into the mouth normally. An impacted tooth can lead to pain, discomfort, swelling and infections. It is so common that 9 in 10 people experience impacted wisdom teeth due to a lack of space and need to have them removed.
We are able to perform wisdom tooth removal surgery in order to remove these impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth to prevent current and future problems. The procedure is done quickly and easily in our office, and it can be accomplished on patients of all ages.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
If you fail to remove impacted or problematic wisdom teeth, they can eventually become a serious problem. These wisdom tooth-related issues can cause pain and severe discomfort, as well as create problems with surrounding teeth. We often see patients who choose to delay removal of these teeth too long and end up losing not only their wisdom teeth, but others too.
- Severe pain and discomfort
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Infections and abscesses
How Long Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Take?
The average wisdom tooth appointment from sedation to recovery takes 1-2 hours.
What happens during the procedure for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Most patients choose to be sedated to have their wisdom teeth removed. Sedation removes the
anxiety from the process, makes the entire visit more comfortable with the added benefit that you don’t remember much, if anything, about the visit!
We begin the process by getting your mouth very numb. We then create a small incision through the gums and remove the underlying wisdom tooth. The process is repeated for any and all remaining wisdom teeth needing to be removed. We will place sutures (small stitches) as needed. You will go home with aftercare instructions that will help you to keep the area clean. You can expect some post-surgical pain and swelling for the first few days while your mouth heals.
Younger patients tend to have far less pain and heal more quickly, which is why it is often preferable to remove wisdom teeth now vs later.
If you would like to learn more about the wisdom tooth removal process, call us today so that our friendly staff members can further assist you. You can also click the “Schedule Now” button at the top to directly book an appointment online for a consultation, or fill out the form below for an email.
Do Problematic Wisdom Teeth Always Cause Symptoms?
No. Most problems with wisdom teeth cause few or no symptoms. There can often be damage to bone or adjacent teeth without you knowing it. This is why it is important to have your wisdom teeth checked.
Who is candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We can perform an examination to determine if you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. We can take x-rays to further identify the positioning of the wisdom teeth and whether or not they should be taken out. It is never too early or too late to have your wisdom tooth removed. In fact, it’s not uncommon for older adults to need their wisdom teeth out after years of having no pain or problems.
We often have patients tell us afterward that they wish they had gotten the teeth out earlier. Removing the underlying discomfort is a huge benefit, but we also often hear patients tell us it is much easier to keep the rest of their teeth clean and healthy once their wisdom teeth are gone.