Wisdom Teeth

 Third Molars | A Guide for Parents and Patients

Patients:

You’ve been told you need your wisdom teeth out, What’s next?

The removal of wisdom teeth is a routine procedure in our office, but it probably doesn’t feel that way to you. For many of our patients, just hearing the words “surgery” and “extraction” tend to bring up some fears. Dr. Falk, Dr. Vitale, and Dr. Niebloom want you to know that wisdom teeth extraction is safe, quick, and comfortable.

What are wisdom teeth, anyway?

We each get three sets of molars during our lifetime – the first molars arrive at age six, the second at age 12, and the third molars develop during the mid-teens to early twenties. Because it is during this age that children become wiser and transition into adulthood,  the third molars are frequently referred to as ”wisdom teeth”.

Why they need to be extracted:

Our mouths have developed over time to accommodate between 28 and 32 teeth.  By the time your third molars begin to develop, there is frequently insufficient space for these additional 4 teeth to erupt.  As a result, it is often difficult for them to grow properly. That’s why 9 out of 10 people find themselves with at least one impacted wisdom tooth that requires extraction. Even when properly positioned, wisdom teeth can easily become infected and are at risk for cysts and tumors (see “The Trouble with Wisdom Teeth“, below).

Are you or your loved ones suffering from Wisdom Tooth pain?

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With wisdom teeth, everything is timing:

You may have noticed that many of your friends are having their wisdom teeth removed. Why? That’s because there is an optimal (yet fleeting) opportunity between the ages of 16-25 when the tooth roots haven’t fully formed yet. Thus, the risk of damaging nearby nerves, bones, and teeth during this time is significantly less.

Parents:

Choosing the Right Oral Surgeon for your Child:

As oral surgery specialists with extensive training and experience, we are able to offer a different kind of “wisdom teeth experience” to our patients and their families. We are with you every step of the way and pay extra attention to the most critical parts of your child’s care, including:

  • Anesthesia with a variety of options available.
  • Compassion and comfort to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
  • Home care and after-hours contact information.
  • A thoughtful surgical strategy to minimize the need for invasive techniques.
  • Careful consideration of timing to ensure the easiest recovery possible.

The Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal

The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies depending on several circumstances (positioning, level of impaction, number of teeth) that are unique to your teen’s case. We will discuss all costs with you prior to surgery and can help you determine whether your insurance offers any benefits for the procedure.

The Cost of Waiting

It is common for wisdom teeth to cause problems such as infection, pain, damage to neighboring teeth and in rare circumstances cysts and tumors. It is generally recognized as standard practice to remove them in most people during the mid-teens and early twenties before the roots have fully developed. Waiting to remove them increases the likelihood of problems and complications should they need to be removed at a later date.

Complications of Wisdom Tooth Removal

As with any surgical procedure, there are some possible complications associated with the removal of the third molars. However, these complications (nerve injuries, fractures, and injury to the joint) are very rare. If the surgery is performed at an early age the risks are even less.

The Trouble with Wisdom Teeth

Are you still feeling unsure? Consider this: Wisdom teeth that are not removed can cause the following problems throughout your life:

Infection:

Your gums can become infected, with a condition known as “pericoronitis”, due to the wisdom teeth unsuccessfully trying to push through the gum tissue. This condition, which causes pain, swelling and problems swallowing can recur periodically.

Cysts and Benign Tumors:

Cysts are fluid-filled pockets that can form inside the jawbone when wisdom teeth are impacted. They can be damaging and difficult to treat as they destroy jawbone and even neighboring teeth.

Damage to Nearby Teeth:

Wisdom teeth are notorious for damaging adjacent teeth and can make it difficult to practice good hygiene in the area. This often results in decay, gum disease and sometimes bone loss.

If you have been putting off wisdom teeth surgery, give us a call – we can give you the calm, safe, comfortable experience you are looking for!

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