The last posterior teeth to develop are the third molars, commonly called the wisdom teeth. They erupt in the mid-to-late teenage years when we are said to be growing in wisdom.
Even though we usually grow 32 permanent teeth, often our jaws are too small to accommodate the late arrival of the four wisdom teeth. The lack of space causes soft tissue or bony impaction and other problems:
- Infection – swelling and infection of the gums (Pericoronitis) can cause pain and problems with chewing
- Damage to other teeth – without being able to properly clean around an impacted tooth, decay can set in to the 2nd molar as well
- Crowding – wisdom teeth can undo years of orthodontics; this is the most common reason for preventative removal of wisdom teeth
It is best to extract wisdom teeth before their root systems have time to develop fully. This minimizes some of the risks of the surgery and is generally an easier procedure at that time.
Prior to the removal of your wisdom teeth, we will meet to talk about the procedure. Many people have questions and we’ll address your concerns. During that consultation, we will determine the most appropriate sedation method for you to make you most comfortable. We will use state-of-the-art technology, tools, and monitoring equipment during the surgery and our caring surgical team will stay by your side until you are ready to go home.
It is not uncommon to have some swelling and minor pain for a day or two after your surgery. We will carefully discuss post-operative care so that you will heal quickly and be back to your normal routine in three to five days.
At the dental practice of Dona W. Prince, we take the time to thoughtfully listen to all of your oral health needs. If those needs require wisdom teeth extraction, we will provide you with expert care.
Posted on behalf of Dona W. Prince, DDS
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Dona W. Prince, DDS
Sioux City, IA 51106