Albert Einstein once said “a clever person solves a problem; a wise person avoids it.”
As it turns out, this particular piece of wisdom is also true when it comes to wisdom teeth removal. At Dental Image, we’re all about using proactive and preventative measures to keep major mouth issues from happening in the first place, rather than having to solve those problems once they develop.
Because of that, we generally recommend wisdom teeth removal when it looks like they could pose problems for our patients further down the line.
If you have wisdom teeth questions, we encourage you to come to talk to our dental specialists. We’ll be happy to take a look at your unique situation at our Crown Point office and help you determine if wisdom teeth removal may be right for you.
“Wisdom teeth” are also known as the third molars. They got their name because they typically come in later than the rest of your adult teeth (usually between ages 17-21), and are generally associated with coming of age.
The wisdom teeth are the farthest back of the three sets of molars in most adults.
We say most because there are some who never get their wisdom teeth. Because wisdom teeth are genetic, some groups of humans evolved without the genes that cause wisdom teeth to form.
This is known as “agenesis” - and it means that the folks whose wisdom teeth never come in don’t have to worry about the problems that lead to wisdom tooth removal. Einstein would approve.
The short answer to this is “it depends.” In some cases, wisdom teeth erupt into the perfect spot in the mouth, there is enough room in the mouth for them, and everything works just fine. In these cases, there may not be a need to remove the wisdom teeth at all.
Thankfully, the dentists at Dental Image can usually analyze the way the wisdom teeth are forming and developing and determine if impaction is likely. If it is, they may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed to prevent these problems before they happen. However, this tends to be the exception, rather than the rule. There are several common issues with wisdom teeth that, left untreated, can lead to major dental problems. Your dentist will be on the lookout for these issues as your wisdom teeth develop:
Your wisdom teeth removal surgery will be performed for your convenience in our Crown Point offices. Depending on the nature of the surgery, you may have local anesthetic, IV sedation, or general anesthesia.
If your surgery requires IV sedation or anesthesia, you will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home following the procedure. In most extractions, our highly trained dental surgeon will make a small incision in the rear of your gums to reveal the impacted tooth. From there, the tooth will either be extracted whole or cut into small pieces and extracted, depending on its accessibility.
In some cases, it may be necessary to remove a tiny bit of the upper or lower portion of the jaw to safely remove the wisdom teeth. Following the surgery, you will experience tenderness and swelling for a few days.
After two to three days, you should be able to return to work and resume most of your normal routine. You will need to resume brushing your teeth about a day after surgery. It is vital to take care of your mouth and keep it clean following surgery to minimize the potential for negative outcomes. Your Dental Image surgeon will give you full instructions on the best ways to care for your mouth following surgery during your initial consultation.
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